July 16, 2018
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Canadian hiker died of medical problem along Appalachian Trail in Franklin County

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

The Maine Warden Service says a 55-year-old Canadian man died of an apparent medical problem while hiking alone on the Appalachian Trail in Franklin County.

Investigators identified the deceased hiker as Gerald Gabon, 55, of Milton, Ontario, Warden Service Cpl. John MacDonald said in a Tuesday news release. Gabon’s body was discovered by another trail hiker late Sunday afternoon along the trail in Wyman Township and was recovered by helicopter the next morning. His body was taken to the Maine medical examiner’s office in Augusta for an autopsy.

A message left at the medical examiner’s office wasn’t returned Tuesday afternoon.

Gabon was an avid, experienced hiker who would have been capable of handling the rough terrain in Maine’s isolated section of the Appalachian Trail, according to the MacDonald.

The body was discovered about four miles north of Route 27.

“It is unclear to game wardens at this time how long Gabon had been in the country or what his hiking plans were,” MacDonald said.

Since 2012, there have been three deaths along Maine’s 267 miles of the Appalachian Trail. A hiker drowned in Pierce Pond in 2012. Geraldine Largay got lost hiking in 2013, and her remains were found two years later in a sleeping bag about a mile off the trail. Gabon’s death is the third.

Largay’s remains discovered south of Route 27, about 16 miles, or two days hiking, from where Gabon was found.

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