- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - An Appalachian Trail hiker from Tennessee who disappeared more than two years ago in western Maine died from lack of food and water and environmental exposure, officials said Friday.

The office of the chief medical examiner used DNA analysis to confirm that skeletal remains discovered this month were those of 66-year-old Geraldine Largay, who went by the trail nickname inchworm. It’s unknown why she left the trail and got lost, but her death was classified by the medical examiner as accidental.

A state police examination of Largay’s cellphone concluded she left the Appalachian Trail after crossing Orbeton Stream on July 22, 2013, a day after she left Sandy Plantation.

The Brentwood woman had started her hike in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and she’d planned to hike to the trail’s northern terminus atop Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park.

Her remains were found on Oct. 14 by a contractor conducting a forestry survey on property is part of a U.S. Navy’s survival skills training facility in Redington Township. The site had skeletal remains and several pieces of clothing and belongings consistent with items known to be in Largay’s possession.

Her family thanked the Maine Warden Service and other agencies.

“These findings are conclusive in that no foul play was involved and that Gerry simply made a wrong turn shortly after crossing Orbeton Stream,” the family said in a statement.

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