In 2013, Geraldine "Gerry" Largay, a 66-year-old former nurse from Brentwood, TN, went missing after going on a hike on the more-than-2,100-mile Appalachian Trail. She was supposed to meet her husband, George, three days after she went through a remote area of the trail - but she never showed up. Largay had gone off the path to relieve herself and never found her way back, joining the ranks of hikers who have disappeared on the Appalachian Trail.
Largay's disappearance launched the biggest search mission in Maine's history, and intensive efforts endured for months. She survived 26 days before passing in her sleeping bag due to starvation and exposure to the elements. Two years later, Largay's campsite and remains were found; Largay was unknowingly only a few miles from the trail.
Largay's story is somewhat different from other Appalachian Trail tales of lives lost along the route - Largay left behind a journal and messages to her family that provide haunting and heartfelt details about her final days.