Desperate Steps

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Updates to Desperate Steps: Life, Death, and Choices Made in the Mountains of the Northeast

Posted January 20, 2016:

On October 14, 2015, as Desperate Steps went to print, the skeletal remains of Geraldine Largay were found about 3,000 yards away from the AT. On October 30, 2015, the Maine Warden Service announced the results of the state medical examiner’s inquiry which concluded that she had died of exposure and lack of food and water, according to the autopsy carried out by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

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Posted June 2, 2016:

According to the official file released Wednesday May 25, 2016, by the Maine Warden Service, Geraldine Largay survived for at least 26 days after her disappearance. Authorities believe she went off trail to go to the bathroom and could not find her way back. Texts sent from her phone were never delivered due to poor cell reception. She kept a journal of her last days in the wilderness. 

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