For Immediate Release
November 22, 2011
Jeffery A. Strelzin, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Chief, Homicide Unit
At the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office (603) 271-3671
New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and State Police Colonel Robert Quinn announce that they are asking for the public's assistance in solving the murder of Louise Chaput (age 52) in November of 2001.
Louise Chaput was a Canadian citizen who left her home in Sherbrooke, Quebec in November of 2001 to go hiking in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. She went missing on November 15, 2001 and was later discovered dead on November 22, 2001.
Chaput was a self employed psychologist who often hiked alone. She had made arrangements to stay at the Joe Dodge Lodge (located at the AMC Visitor Center in Pinkham's Grant, NH) on the evening of November 15, 2001, but never checked into her room.
Records confirm that Louise Chaput's car crossed into the United States in Norton, Vermont at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, November 15, 2001. A credit card receipt found in her car indicates that Chaput stopped at the Pik Quick III convenience store in Colebrook, New Hampshire at 12:50 p.m. that same day.
At approximately 3:00 p.m., an employee at the AMC Lodge spoke with a woman he later identified as Louise Chaput. Chaput told the employee that she had been driving a long time and asked where she could go for a short hike. The employee directed Chaput across the street from the lodge to the Lost Pond Trail. Chaput left the lodge and was not heard from again.
Louise Chaput's family reported her missing on November 19, 2001. An intensive search for Chaput was conducted over the following days, but to no avail. On November 20, 2001, Chaput's silver Ford Focus car was found parked at the Diretissima Trail Head.
The search for Louise Chaput continued until her body was located on November 22, 2001, off of the Glen Boulder Trail. An autopsy later determined that she had been the victim of a homicide and had died of multiple stab and incised wounds.
After Louise Chaput went missing, her car and the belongings inside were searched. During those searches, it was discovered that Chaput's dark blue "Kanuk" brand sleeping bag and a blue backpack with a Canadian insignia on it were missing. In addition, Chaput's car keys and a pendant with an "S" design have also never been located. Finally, it is also possible that some of Chaput's clothing and personal effects went missing as well.
Anyone with information about the murder of Louise Chaput in November 2001 or who may have seen her on November 15, 2001, is asked to contact the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit at (603) 223-3856 or e-mail the Cold Case Unit at [email protected].
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