Archival Research Project
Geraldine Largay goes missingGeraldine Largay was a 66 year old hiker from Tennessee who was able to survive for nearly a month after becoming lost on an Appalachian mountain trail. Her body was not recovered until around two years after the disappearance, however clues surrounding her death continued to appear such as the photograph below which was recovered by a different hiker on the same trail. Largay is pictured in the back of the cabin the day before she went missing.
Letter to HusbandWhen he body was finally recovered they found a journal entry addressed to her family with the words, “When you find my body, please call my husband George and my daughter Kerry,” she wrote. “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 Guardian). This shows that Largay was expecting her death and it was not sudden.
Remains found in TownshipHer body was found with nearby evidence of a flattened tent and a green backpack. Other artifacts such as a flashlight, ziploc bags, and other maps were also found. The camp she was found was only two miles from the Appalachian trail where she became lost. There would have been clear visibility about a 30 minute walk from the site.