Unknown Louise Chaput Killer- New Hampshire- 2001 Nov 29, 2018 4:49:49 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Nov 29, 2018 4:49:49 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: wmur.com)
PINKHAM'S GRANT, N.H. —
A Canadian psychologist was stabbed to death while hiking in the White Mountains, and officials still don't know who killed her.
On Nov. 15, 2001, Louise Chaput, 52, drove from Sherbrooke, Quebec, to Pinkham's Grant, where she had reserved a room at the Joe Dodge Lodge at the Appalachian Mountain Club visitor center for a long weekend in the mountains.
Chaput loved the outdoors and hiking and was particularly fond of the Mount Washington Valley.
"I tell her, 'Be safe, and don't make things dangerous,' ... and she tell me, 'No, don't be afraid. I will be OK. And if I'm not coming back Monday, you can call the police,' but that was a joke," her daughter, Corrine, told WMUR in 2004.
With daylight fading when she arrived at 3 p.m., Chaput asked an AMC worker at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center for directions to a short hike that would get her back before dusk.
The clerk suggested a short walk around Lost Pond Trail, which began just across the street from the lodge.
Chaput was never seen alive again.
When she failed to return home the following Monday, friends and family called police to report her missing.
Authorities found Chaput's car parked at the Direttissima trailhead, across the street from the Lost Pond Trailhead.
Police said they believe someone stole the keys to the car, but not the car itself.
They said the larger of two backpacks Chaput had with her was gone, but her hiking shoes, along with her water and chocolate -- two things she always took hiking with her -- were still in the car.
Her body was found with multiple stab wounds on Thanksgiving Day, a short distance off the Glen Boulder Trail.
"I was thinking it was like, a bad dream, or something like that, because for me, it was not reality," her daughter said.
Police told WMUR in 2004 that Chaput was hiking on the Glen Boulder Trail but that whoever killed her forced her off that trail and brought her down into a clearing about 100 yards away.
Her death was ruled was a homicide.
Officials said all evidence indicates that the attack was random and that the killer was likely someone from the area whom Chaput didn't know.
While investigators said 10 years after Chaput's death that the case had direction, they have never been able to identify her killer.
Friends and family members return to the area where Chaput was killed every year.
They said they couldn't think of anyone who liked life more than Chaput and just want to know what happened to her.
"I think in English, the term 'closure,' which we don't have in French, is very appropriate. It's, you know, you never get your friend back, but at least you know what happened," Chaput's friend Denis Masson said.
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