Reward offered in missing Brentwood hiker on Appalachian Trail
BRENTWOOD, TN (WSMV) -
There's now a reward in the case of a missing Brentwood woman who disappeared earlier this year while hiking on the Appalachian Trial.
Geraldine Largay, 66, went missing in July while she was hiking a rugged section of the path in Maine, but her husband is still hoping for her safe return.
George Largay said hiking the northern leg of the Appalachian Mountains has been on his wife's "bucket list" for a long time.
So, in April, after 18 months of preparation, she set off on that 1,100-mile trek.
But just 200 miles from the finish line, she disappeared without a trace.
"When it was just a day hike, she would text every couple of miles with the mile posts, so I could see what her pace was. I could gauge where she was," George Largay said.
A three-day hike that began on July 23 was different. For the first two days, the couple communicated like usual. But, on day three, Geraldine Largay dropped off the radar. When her husband arrived to meet her at their pre-designated parking lot, she was nowhere to be found.
"I didn't have any alarms go off in my mind. I slept in the parking lot in her Highlander that night," George Largay said. "When I got concerned was when it got to be mid-morning or so on Wednesday, and I had gone 48 hours without any message from her. No text, no nothing."
Search crews combed the rugged terrain with everything from 4-wheelers to helicopters, typically able to boast of a 98 percent success rate at finding missing hikers.
But Geraldine Largay has not been found.
"Nothing. It's baffling. It's like she vanished from the trail, and that's the part that's the most frustrating to everybody. It's really unprecedented," George Largay said.
Though the chances of finding the Brentwood woman more than 10 weeks later have dropped, her husband isn't giving up. In fact, he says he never will.
"Finding Gerry, to me, is priceless. I need to know that I've exhausted every possible option," he said.
To demonstrate that, George Largay has announced a $15,000 reward for information that leads to his wife.
A memorial is scheduled for Geraldine Largay on Oct. 12, but her husband is quick to point out it's not a funeral but a celebration of her life.
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