Maine Investigators Identify Remains as Missing Hiker

Maine officials say an Appalachian Trail hiker from Tennessee who disappeared in the summer of 2013 died from lack of food and water and environmental exposure.

Maine officials on Friday confirmed that the skeletal remains found in western Maine were those of 66-year-old Geraldine Largay, who went by the trail nickname "inchworm."

Investigators say a state police examination of Largay's cell phone concluded she left the Appalachian Trail after crossing Orbeton Stream on July 22, 2013, a day after she left Sandy Plantation.

Officials say her remains were positively identified through DNA analysis and the cause of death is classified as accidental.

The scene that was discovered this month included skeletal remains and several pieces of clothing and belongings consistent with items known to be in Largay's possession.

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