published Friday, July 26th, 2013

Maine authorities search for missing Tennessee woman

SANDY RIVER PLANTATION, Maine — Search crews on Friday failed to find a Tennessee woman who disappeared while hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine, but they planned to resume their efforts during the weekend.

The Maine Warden Service said about 60 searchers spent Friday looking for Geraldine Anita Largay, 66, of Brentwood, Tenn., who was supposed to meet her husband Monday in Wyman Township in western Maine but never showed up.

Authorities also were seeking information about the identity of a female hiker who reported staying at a lean-to in Spaulding with Largay on Tuesday night. The woman called a nearby hotel but didn’t leave her name.

The 5-foot-5, 115-pound Largay, an experienced hiker, was last seen wearing a black pullover shirt, tan pants, a blue hat and a black-and-green backpack. Her husband had been keeping track of her progress along the trail and was making pre-determined stops to replenish her supplies.

Friday’s search efforts were concentrated on the trail north of the Spaulding lean-to toward a crossing at Route 27. The service said between those two points there are numerous overlapping roads and trails.

A command post has been set up at the Sugarloaf Mountain Resort. The search will resume Saturday.

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