Remains of Hiker Missing Since 2013 Found in Maine

Geraldine 'Inchworm' Largay was hiking the Appalachian Trail when she disappeared
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2015 3:58 PM CDT

(Newser) – Maine officials believe they've found the remains of a 66-year-old hiker who went missing while hiking the Appalachian Trail in July 2013, WCSH reports. According to WGME, the Maine Warden Service announced Friday the skeletal remains believed to be those of Geraldine Largay were found 3,000 feet from the trail by a contractor working on Navy property Wednesday. The Warden Service believes they are Largay's remains based on their location, as well as belongings and clothing at the scene that match what Largay was known to have, WCSH reports. According to the Bangor Daily News, an official identification of the remains will be made by the medical examiner in the coming weeks.

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The Daily News reports Largay, who was known as "Inchworm," was on her way to meet her husband when she failed to show up. Until Wednesday, no evidence of what had happened to her had been found, despite search efforts, according to WCSH. Officials have yet to release a cause of death, but the Warden Service doesn't suspect foul play. Largay's family released a statement expressing gratitude for everyone who had helped search for her since her disappearance. (Read more missing person stories.)

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