This Woman Vanished Hiking the Appalachian And Two Years Later They Found These Notes...

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Deep in the heart of the Appalachian Trail in Maine, a camera crew came across an abandonded tent.  What they found inside would be the answer to a two year long missing persons case.

Geralidine Largay was 66 years old when she disappeared, and she had always wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. It is one of the world’s most famous hiking trails, after all, and it extends from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine.

Her dream came true in 2013 when she set off with a hiking companion to conquer the trail.  It wasn't too long into the hike that her companion had a family emergency and she had to continue on alone.

That was her first mistake.  The second was leaving the trail... Needing to use the restroom, on June 22, she ventured off and was never able to find it again.

That day, Largay texted her husband George to say that she was in trouble. She told him that she was somewhere north of Woods Road and asked him to contact the Appalachian Mountain Club for help.

Due to her location on the trail, her text never was received.  The next day, she reiterated her need for help. And again, it wasn't received.

Despite never having received her texts, though, George reported his wife missing when she failed to check in with him on July 24. It was the start of one the largest search and rescue operations the Maine Warden Service would ever conduct.

With hundreds of volunteers, they combed the countryside trail; eventually covering 23 miles square miles.  But on June 30, with no trace of Largay, the search was called off.

Fast forward two years...

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