Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
May 27, 2016 08:50 PM

Geraldine Largay, the woman who died after spending 26 days lost along the Appalachian Trail, was discovered more than two years later in October 2015. And now the discovery of Largay’s remains is being shared for Animal Planet’s reality series North Woods Law.

Camera crews joined the Maine Warden Service after a surveyor located human remains near where the 66-year-old hiker had gone missing in July 2013.

When Largay’s husband George reported his wife missing, an intense search effort by volunteers, police and warden services continued for several days, but was suspended on July 30, 2013. Her body had been discovered more than two years later in October 2015 near Maine’s Redington Township.

Inside Edition recently obtained exclusive footage from Animal Planet that shows the moment officials found Largay’s remains.

Geraldine Largay in her red jacket
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

“There’s nobody that wanted to bring her home more than we did,” Warden Kris Maccabe explained. “I really feel for the family.” In the Animal Planet video, authorities said Largay was found 3,000 feet away from the trail, just roughly a 10-minute walk.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Sgt. Scott Thrasher said in the clip. “She was in a place just south of the trail that was kind of the last place we hadn’t gotten to.”

According to the Maine Warden Service’s more than 1,500 page report, Largay died in her sleeping bag, inside a zipped tent near a U.S. Navy-owned property. A medical examiner determined the cause of death to be starvation and environmental exposure.

In the tent, officials found a plastic bag containing a cellphone with unsent text messages and a journal.

“When you find my body, please call my husband George and my daughter Kerry,” Largay wrote in one of her final entries. “It will be the greatest kindness for them to know that I am dead and where you found me no matter how many years from now. Please find it in your heart to mail the contents of this bag to one of them.”

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