An elderly hiker who wondered off a trail in the Appalachian mountains in 2013 was found dead two years later, but her story wouldn’t end there. A journal recovered with her body details an ordeal that would last at least 26 days before she finally perished due to lack of food and exposure.
The body of 66-year-old Geraldine Largay was discovered last year on October 16th by the Maine Warden Service in Redington, Maine. The woman went missing during a hike more than two years earlier and was presumed dead after a massive rescue effort conducted by the Maine Warden Service failed to locate her. Largay’s remains were ultimately found just 3 miles from where she was last seen before separating from her group on a trail near Orbeton Stream.
While lost in the wilderness, the Brentwood, Tennessee woman kept a diary that journaled the entire ordeal.
According to The Boston Globe, the journal confirms that Largay survived for at least 26 days while lost in the woods. A report compiled by the Maine Warden Service states that the woman tried several times to text her husband but was not able to due to a lack of cell reception. Largay reportedly sought higher ground in an attempt to find signal, but her messages were never sent.
She would then set up camp near a stream and begin documenting her plight in a diary, which was found in a bag with her cell phone near her remains.
“When you find my body, please call my husband George and my daughter Kerry,” Largay wrote on a page dated August 6th, 2013, which was torn out of the journal. “It will be the greatest kindness for them to know that I am dead and where you found me — no matter how many years from now. Please find it in your heart to mail the contents of this bag to one of them.”
The contents of her journal have not been released by her family.