Video Shows Moment Officials Find Remains of Missing Hiker Near Appalachian Trail

By Jack Phillips, Epoch Times
May 29, 2016 1:57 pm Last Updated: May 29, 2016 3:00 pm

This week, it was reported that Geraldine Largay, 66, a woman who went missing during a hiking trip, left a journal—including a note to her husband—before she died.

A rescue team found her remains last year in Maine—two years after she went missing in the summer of 2013. The harrowing moment her remains were found were captured on camera.

In a recent filming of Animal Planet reality series “North Woods Law,” the Maine Warden Service said they were informed a surveyor who was working on the property came across remains. The Maine Warden Service along with crew members from the show went to investigate the scene.

The clip was shared and posted by Inside Edition, showing the searchers getting emotional when they stumble across the remains.

Officials said she died about a month after she went missing. She lost her way on the Appalachian Trial, but she had set up a tent in a clearing. According to the officials, she died inside her sleeping bag.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Sgt. Scott Thrasher said in the video. “She was in a place just south of the trail that was kind of the last place we hadn’t gotten to.”

She was found about 3,000 feet away from the trail, which is about a 10-minute hike.

The Maine Warden Services released a final note in her journal.

The note read: “When you find my body, please call my husband George and my daughter Kerry. 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 Boston Globe reported that Largay, of Tennessee, never arrived to meet her husband at a prearranged meeting point. He reported her missing.

She also lost her cell phone reception, and he didn’t know at the time she was trying to contact him.