Missing hiker’s family searches for closure

Geraldine Largay (Courtesy: Maine Warden Service)

Almost three weeks after a Brentwood woman disappeared while hiking in Western Maine, her family is speaking out.

Geraldine Largay, better known to friends and family as “Gerry,” was attempting to hike the Appalachian Trail when she disappeared.

Gerry’s husband, George, was scheduled to meet her for a supply drop-off on July 24, but Gerry never arrived.

“Hiking the Appalachian Trail, which is 2,180 miles through 14 states, was on my wife Gerry’s bucket list,” George said.

Since her disappearance, hundreds of men and women have combed through rugged terrain near Lone Mountain in Western Maine.

Those search efforts have since been scaled back.

Gerry started in Virginia to hike the northern half of the Appalachian Trail.  She had hiked about 950 miles.  George was driving the length of the trip to keep supplies nearby.

A fellow hiker last saw Gerry on July 23.  Her husband reported her missing the next day.

So far, search crews have found no trace of what may have happened and no body has been located.

“I mean, in the midst of the worst tragedy we’ve ever experienced, they were really, the people, and our faith, of course, were the things that got us through,” said Kerry Bauchiero, George and Gerry’s daughter.

Gerry’s family has returned home to Brentwood after following the search efforts in Maine, but her husband says he’s still searching for closure, no matter how it may come.

“If they find her deceased or if they don’t find her, my focus will be on how lucky I was to be married to her for 42 years,” he explained.

A public memorial service will be held for Gerry Largay at St. Brigid Catholic Church in John’s Creek, Georgia, where the couple lived for more than 10 years.

In lieu of flowers, family has asked those who want to contribute to make donations in Gerry’s honor to either the Nature Conservancy, an organization long near and dear to Mrs. Largay, or the Maine Association of Search and Rescue, which led the search efforts over the last three weeks.

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