July 27, 2013
LARGAY SEARCH CONTINUES
There is no new information this evening regarding Geraldine Largays location. Today, approximately 60 searchers to include game wardens and members from the Association of Search and Rescue (MASAR* see below) searched for Geraldine. A Maine Forest Service helicopter was utilized today as well. Maine Warden Service fixed-wing aircraft we not used as weather did not permit their use. A command post has been established at the Sugarloaf Mountain Resort and will be utilized tomorrow.
Search efforts continue to concentrate on the Appalachian Trail north of the Spaulding lean-to in Mount Abram TWP toward the Route 27 crossing in Wyman TWP. Between those two points are numerous overlapping roads and trails. Search efforts will resume tomorrow morning. Information gathering and logistical planning will occur this evening.
Wardens continue to seek information as to the identity of the female hiker who reported staying at the Spaulding lean-to with Geraldine Tuesday night. Anyone with information regarding either Geraldine or the unknown female hiker is asked to call Augusta Public Safety Dispatch at 1-800-452-4664.
Attached photo courtesy of the Maine Warden Service and Maine Forest Service. Shown is Ranger Shane Nichols during today’s search operation.
*The Maine Association for Search and Rescue (MASAR) is a non-profit organization that promotes and develops search and rescue resources for the state of Maine. MASAR provides training and certification for search and rescue volunteers using nationally-recognized standards. See mainesearchandrescue.org for more information.