When You Find My Body: The Disappearance of Geraldine Largay on the Appalachian Trail

By D. Dauphinee

Wednesday, June 12

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Lecture Hall

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When Geraldine “Gerry” Largay (AT trail name, Inchworm) 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 U.S. 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.

Marrying the joys and hardship of life in the outdoors, as well as exploring the search & rescue community, When You Find My Body examines dying with grace and dignity. There are lessons in the story, both large and small. Lessons that may well save lives in the future.

About the author

Dee Dauphinee

Dee Dauphinee

Dee is an essayist and novelist, living in Maine. He has been a farmer, a photographer, a fly fishing & mountaineering guide, an orthopedic physician’s assistant and a semi-pro wide receiver.

Dee was born with a wanderlust in Bangor, Maine. He attended several colleges and for a decade split his time between Jackson Hole, WY, and Vancouver, British Columbia. His guiding and photography took him to El Salvador, Peru, the Arctic, Europe, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Iraq, Israel, Egypt, Ecuador, Jordan, the UK, Panama, Africa, and many places in between where he did contract and spec work for several media outlets, including United Press International.

Dee has led or co-led mountaineering, desert, and jungle expeditions on 5 continents. He has published scores of magazine and newspaper articles and has had two books published by North Country Press; Stoneflies & Turtleheads, a collection of fly-fishing essays from Maine and around the world, and The River Home, a novel. Highlanders Without Kilts, an award-winning historical fiction about a Canadian family’s ordeal and a Nova Scotia battalion’s odyssey during WWI, was published by Kicking Pig Press.

Dee’s next book, When You Find My Body, about a 2013 Appalachian Trail “thru-hiker’s” tragic story will be released June 1st, 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield. He is currently writing a novel that takes place in New England and South America and covers four centuries.

He is represented by Janklow & Nesbit Literary Agency.

Dee lives in Middle Maine.

You can find out more about this author and his book by visiting his webpage.