For Immediate Release
April 12, 2006

Search Party Organized to find Cold Case Evidence

On Saturday, June 17th a search will be conducted of a property near the Magog region of the Eastern Townships to attempt to retrieve possible evidence concerning the 1978 murder of Theresa Allore.

Background

Theresa Allore was last seen on the evening of Friday, November 3, 1978 in Lennoxville, Quebec. Her body was found the following spring, April 13th, 1979 in Compton, Quebec. On Saturday, November 4th, 1978 two hunters – Stephen Mandigo and Samuel Burnham – spotted clothing in the woods off Giguare road near Austin, Quebec. The location was ¼ a mile down Giguare road, about 500 yards into the interior of the forest, left off Giguare. The hunters described seeing “darkish pants and a t-shirt”. Theresa Allore was last seen wearing dark blue corduroys and a t-shirt. On Wednesday, November 15th, 1978 the hunters and the chief of the Lennoxville police went back to the sight but were unable to re-locate the clothing.

The sighting of the clothing is significant for two reasons:

1. Theresa Allore’s clothing was never recovered.

2. The Giguare road sight is within a few hundred yards of where the body of Louise Camirand was discovered on Friday, March 25th 1977 sexually assaulted and murdered.

The Search

On Saturday, June 17th 2006 volunteers will gather at the Giguare road location to search the surrounding area in attempt to recover the remains of any possible evidence related to this case.

Organization

The search party is being coordinated by Sue Tayachi, a criminology student at the University of Laval. Sue has studied the investigation of Theresa Allore’s murder, and remains in contact with John Allore, the younger brother of Theresa. John has been investigating the murder of his sister since 2002.

The Police

The lead investigators and members of the Surete du Quebec have been contacted regarding this search. It is hoped that they will provide their valuable assistance and expertise to this matter. So far the police have been unresponsive to pleas for assistance.

The Allore Family

The Allore family endorses and is grateful for the efforts of Ms. Tayachi. The Allores may take part in the search, but as of now they are appreciative that a criminologist is taking the lead in this endeavor, and they hope that the police will also assist. The Allore family has always maintained that t is not the place of family members to conduct such investigations – that work should be left to professionals. The last four years – since the discovery that their loved one was murdered – have been difficult on the Allore family. The Allores would prefer not to take part in this event, but they are hopeful that evidence will be recovered that will help discover the person that killed Theresa.

For further information, or to volunteer to join the search party please contact:

justice4theresa@hotmail.com

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