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Still no sign of missing Brentwood woman on Appalachian Trail

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It's been nearly a year since a Brentwood grandmother set out on a journey to hike the Appalachian Trail. But on the final leg of that 2,000 mile trek, Gerry Largay vanished.

Last week, volunteers hit the rugged terrain once again searching for any signs of the 66-year-old hiker.

One of those volunteers is a Williamson County reporter who started out covering the story and became a part of it.

"It doesn't make any sense. I mean, the odds of them not finding her within the first 24 hours are astronomical," said Jessica Pace, reporter for Brentwood Home Page.

Pace had just signed on as a full-time reporter last July when she landed one of her biggest assignments yet - Largay's disappearance on the Appalachian Trail.

"I spoke with her husband about her, and he painted a picture of her and I just liked her," Pace said.

The 24-year-old reporter was so moved by Largay's story, wondering where she was and what could have happened to her, that she packed her bags last week and headed to Maine to help search for the woman.

"We split into two teams of about six, and we had the two teams search the different parts of the mountain," Pace said.

Pace joined about 20 volunteers from the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association.

Each day, from dawn to dusk, the group combed miles of streams and dense brush north of where Largay was last seen for any sign she'd been there.

"Like a blue hat, her backpack. She had some sort of pink jacket with her," Pace said. "One person would walk the trail, and two people on either side of the trail would go out maybe 50 yards and just search the area starting from the top down."

Unfortunately, there has been no sign of woman.

"We did find some things," Pace said. "Empty bug repellant, a hat, wrappers."

But the search crew believes none of it belonged to Largary.

Still, Pace says she won't stop until she gets some answers for Largay's family and for her own peace of mind.

"I just want to know why. What happened to her?" Pace said.

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