Why wasn’t Theresa discovered sooner?

Photo 1: Compton Station Road (looking toward Gagnon farm)

Photo 2: View from Gagnon farm looking toward bog/bridge.


Photo 3: Side view from road showing Gagnon farm behind clump of trees on left and the bog treeline next to the bridge on the right.

Photo 4: Where Theresa was finally discovered by muskrat trapper in April 1979. (34m from bridge)

A dedicated reader of this blog took some photos this summer of areas significant to Theresa’s case. I am grateful that this person also carefully labeled each photo so that I could get a better perspective of where certain sites were in relation to other landmarks. After reviewing them, I couldn’t help but wonder why Theresa wasn’t found until April 1979—especially considering the proximity of the Gagnon farm to the bridge. If the farm had dogs (and every farmer I know has at least one), surely the animal would have noticed Theresa before the spring.

I also wondered why muskrat trappers didn’t notice her in the fall since the trapping season in that zone would have probably started in late October. Robert Ride, the trapper who discovered Theresa, said it was a “good spot” so I was thinking that other trappers would have traveled the Compton Road in the fall looking for places to lay their own traps. Why didn’t they see her? The trees wouldn’t have been as big then…and they wouldn’t have had much foliage (if any) on them.

I know that during the winter months, the area would have been covered in snow. But it didn’t snow every day in November 1979 did it?
(Is it terribly obvious that I’ve never been to the Eastern Townships?)
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