The Appalachian Trail is a mecca for nature lovers and long-distance hikers. Often praised as place to escape the drudgeries of modern life in the town and city, misfortune on occasion trespasses into this space as the trail and world collide. Murder and mystery hide in the undergrowth.

Picture from my 2013 ascent of the Abol Slide up Katahdin in Baxter State Park.

Picture from my 2013 ascent of the Abol Slide up Katahdin in Baxter State Park.

As a reporter an editor in central Maine, I have learned about many such misfortunes, some of which have gone unsolved for over 30 years.  In this blog, which I hope to segue into a larger, more detailed book, I will gather and analyze these mysteries, the center of which is the 2013 case of Geraldine “Inchworm” Largay, who vanished in the North Woods in the Carrabassett Valley without a trace in what has become the largest search and rescue operation conducted by the Maine Warden Service.

Special attention will be paid to those cases that occurred in Maine, my milieu and location of my two cases of interest, however, I will not neglect cases of interest outside of the state and New England.

If you are a hiker or live near the Appalachian Trail and know of a case that I have not examined, please contact me by email at atnoir@outlook.com. Provide any and all details you have, as well as links to articles written in local newspapers that can provide crucial background and contacts.

My articles have been published in The Maine Edge, The Key Reporter, University of Maine publications — Bangor 20/20, The Maine Campus, The Maine Journal, The Open Field, and college newsletters — and at the Bangor Daily News, where I work currently.


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