PINKHAM’S GRANT — The body of a Canadian woman has been found a week after she went for a hike on Mount Washington, and authorities are treating the death as suspicious.
Fish and Game searchers found the body of Louise Chaput, 52, of Sherbrooke, Quebec, at 4:20 Thursday afternoon in woods off a trail, not far from her car parked at a trailhead. There are a number of cliffs in the area, and the trail was covered with leaves.
Authorities were awaiting the results of an autopsy Friday before commenting further, Assistant Attorney General Kelly Ayotte said.
Ayotte would not say why they thought the death was suspicious.
Police were asking anyone who might have seen Chaput on the mountain, or who might have information about her death to call 1-800-852-3411 from inside the state and 603-271-3636 from out of state.
She was reported missing Monday evening, and searchers had been looking for her ever since. They speculated that she arrived at the mountain late in the day Nov. 15 and went on a short hike before darkness before her planned regular hikes the next day.
Searchers found her car at the trailhead just south of the lodge. She had left her food in the car, but had taken her hiking gear.