Louise Chaput

This from a local New Hampshire newspaper:

Chaput memorial hike

PINKHAM NOTCH— Family and friends of Louise Chaput will host a memorial hike on Saturday, Nov. 12, hoping to keep the unsolved murder of the Canadian hiker from being forgotten.This month marks the fourth anniversary of Chaput’s brutal death. Her body was found Thanksgiving afternoon 2001, about 200 yards off the Glen Boulder trail in Pinkham Notch.

The 52-year old psychologist had left her Sherbrooke, Quebec home on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001 to spend a couple days hiking Mount Washington alone after a planned fall hiking trip with friends had fallen through.She had a reservation at the Appalachian Mountain Club Pinkham Notch facility for Thursday night. While she never signed in, authorities believe that at about 3 p.m. she asked a clerk at the visitors center to recommend a short hike. When Chaput did not return home by evening on Nov. 19, her longtime boyfriend reported her missing. Her body was discovered three days later. She had been stabbed.

Every November since 2001, a pair of loyal friends of Chaput have traveled to New Hampshire to generate publicity about the case. They hope to spark some recollection or tip that will help police solve the case. Last year Chaput’s eldest daughter, Corrine Chaput, made the trip with her mother’s longtime friends, Denis Masson and Marie Pinault. This year, the three will be joined by Chaput’s other daughter, Constance. “We feel, and so do the police, that it is important to keep Louise’s tragic death from being forgotten,” said Masson. Masson said there have been cases where a tip surfaces years after the crime that results in the case being solved. He and Pinault hope their efforts can trigger such a tip.

“The memories are terrible yes, but the trip to New Hampshire at this time of the year has had an unsuspected healing effect upon us because it allows us to remember and talk about our friend Louise,” Masson said.

The memorial hike which will start at approximately 11 a.m. from the AMC’s Pinkham Notch Visitors Center and take the Direttissima trail to the Glen Boulder Trail and then connect with the Lost Pond trail back to the visitors center. The entire hike is expected to take about an hour.

Chaput family and friends invite area residents and hikers to join the hike.“Mount Washington is a beautiful place to enjoy. After all, that’s what Louise had in mind,” said Masson

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