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NH Investigators Ask Hikers In White Mountains To Look For Clues In Cold Case

By Michael Rosenfield, WBZ-TV New Hampshire Bureau Chief
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COOS COUNTY, N.H. (CBS) – Vacationers in the White Mountains this holiday weekend are being asked to look for clues in a cold case murder dating back 13 years.

“It’s vast territory and a lot of weather in between,” said hiker Ginny Teneyck. “You never know what you’ll find.”

After arriving at the Joe Dodge Lodge at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center back in November 2001, Louise Chaput quickly went on a hike.

She never came back.

Her body would be found days later near the Glen Boulder Trail.

The 52-year-old Canadian woman had been stabbed to death.

Many of her belongings were never found and state investigators with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office hope hikers this weekend will keep an eye out.

Hikers are urged to be on the lookout for Chaput’s dark blue “Kanuk” brand sleeping bag; a back pack with a Canadian insignia on it; her car keys for a Ford Focus; and a pendant with an “S” design, according to Ben Agati, New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General.

“Pretty unlikely to find something like that,” said hiker Will Adams. “But you never know if you have enough people look, you might have some good luck there.”

It’s unclear why investigators have put out the request now, but it is something they have asked in the past.

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