Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Family of lost hiker won't second-guess Maine over search

When she became lost in the Maine woods, Appalachian Trail hiker Geraldine Largay did what she thought she was supposed to do. She stayed put, pitched her tent and waited for help.

But help never came.

Journal entries after she lost her way in July 2013 suggest she survived for another two weeks or more after the Maine Warden Service scaled back their search for her.

The revelations didn't shake the family's belief that hundreds of searchers did all they could to find her.

"While we grieve for Gerry, we do not second-guess any of the efforts to find her when she went missing. We witnessed firsthand the passion and commitment of the hundreds of game wardens...