When You Find My Body

The Disappearance of Geraldine Largay on the Appalachian Trail
Narrated by: Traci Odom
Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
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Publisher's Summary

When Geraldine "Gerry" Largay first went missing on the Appalachian Trail in remote western Maine in 2013, the people of Maine were wrought with concern. When she was not found, the family, the wardens, and the Navy personnel who searched for her were devastated. The Maine Warden Service continued to follow leads for more than a year. They never completely gave up the search. Two years after her disappearance, her bones and scattered possessions were found by chance by two surveyors. She was on the US Navy's SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) School land, about 2,100 feet from the Appalachian Trail.  

This book tells the story of events preceding Geraldine Largay's vanishing in July 2013, while hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine, what caused her to go astray, and the massive search and rescue operation that followed. Her disappearance sparked the largest lost-person search in Maine history, which culminated in her being presumed dead. She was never again seen alive. The author was one of the hundreds of volunteers who searched for her. Gerry's story is one of heartbreak, most assuredly, but is also one of perseverance, determination, and faith. For her family and the searchers, especially the Maine Warden Service, it is also a story of grave sorrow.

©2019 Denis Dauphinee (P)2019 Tantor

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Sincere and Respectful

I can't explain how deeply this book touched me. I love the authors approach to how respectful they were to the family and all who knew and were involved in this experience. It's a touching story of a woman's own quest and how she touched so many lives in so many different ways. Heartfelt, sad and yet so very respectful. The narrator did a great job conveying the story and its many emotional nuances.

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R. I. P. Inchworm

I’m 62 and hope to hike the AT at retirement. I vow to take a course in how to read a compass and some type of survival class. She didn’t die in vain.

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Wow

As a novice hiker who will one day get into back packing and more intense trails this was so informative on several aspects. I was able to take several bits of information from this tragic story of inch worm. Definitely recommend!

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Sensitive treatment of tough topic

Provides easy more background information than if seen before, filled in a lot of gaps. Well explained and sensitive treatment of a myriad of difficult issues involved with this tragedy.

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Beautifully done! Great and compelling story.

This was very well read with compassion and professionalism. It will change the way I think about things

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Valuable story for all.

I valued this story and will retain much of the lessons and information it had to offer. The narrator took a little getting used to, but appreciate the job she did with the story.

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Good recounting of a sad story.

Very well written account of Gerry Largey's story. It leaves you feeling as though you knew her, her family and the searchers personally.

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This book was interesting and sad. If you enjoy hiking stories you might enjoy this book.

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Very educational, insightful, and informative!

I really valued this book! The only suggestion for improvement is maybe a better intro to the author earlier on. I thought I was reading just about Jerry's (Inchworm's) story but then suddenly the narrator starting talked in the first tense. However, after listening further, the author obviously researched and dug very deeply into Jerry's story and provided incredible information and personal insight as well as vast experience and education to the subject of being prepared to navigate and survive in the woods, even if just on a section hike. This book has inspired me to really learn to use a map and compass and to bring them with me when I start section or thru hiking the AT, also my dream.

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Sad But Very Informative

As a backpacker, I had heard of Inchworm and her tragic outcome but had never heard the entire story. This book is beautifully written and narrated. I'm about to embark on a multi-year section hike of the Appalachian Trail and am also currently section hiking other trails. Because of Inchworm's tragic story, I am definitely making some changes to my hiking, most importantly using my compass when I have to water a tree. There are other changes that I'm making as well. Inchworm's legacy will live on. This book is a must-read for anyone who spends time in the outdoors. I can't reccomend it enough. ~Beagle ~