On September 29, 2007, Ms. Jeannine Deschênes-Poitras was reported missing by her family.
Mrs. Jeannine Deschênes-Poitras widowed at the time of her disappearance was 79 years old. She was living alone with her dog and is the mother of three children; two boys and a girl. Jeannine resides at 405, route 138 in Les Escoumins in the province of Quebec. She has a hearing disability and memory loss. Jeannine has no distinctive sign except that she wears dentures. She is in good physical shape and often takes walks near her home to the village or to family woodlots and the like. She has always frequented these trails and has known the wooded area for over 40 years.
Jeannine’s family are looking after her very well. One of her sons André lives in the house behind her house and provides for her daily needs. A sister of Jeannine lives in front of her residence, just across Route 138.
The Friday before the disappearance, André’s wife accompanied Jeannine to do some errands, her purchases could take her a week.
Being during the hunting season, Saturday morning, André and his wife go hunting. On their return from the hunt, they see the usual little light on at Jeannine’s, she must be listening to television. From morning to Sunday, the couple leave early for the hunt, on their return, tired and seeing a normal light at Jeannine’s, they decide to visit her only the next morning.
On Monday morning, André works in the garage and decides to take a break and go see his mother. He goes to her house, Jeannine is absent but there is food on the counter. He thinks his mother has gone to the small convenience store and is going back to work in her garage.
Around noon, André returns to his mother’s house, she is still away. André telephones his aunt who lives across the street to find out if she had seen Jeannine. She mentions that Jeannine did not go to Sunday mass even though she was pious and never missed mass.
André sets out to find his mother, he phones another sister of Jeannine, goes to the village to question the employees of the grocery store and the convenience store that his mother frequented.
At around 3:30 p.m., André called his wife at work to tell her that he could not find any trace of his mother. Jeannine left her handbag at home, in its usual location. His wife quits her job and goes home.
André takes the opportunity to take the four-wheeler and do some research on the family woodlot, he calls out his name and that of the little dog, hoping for an answer. Upon his return, he explains to his wife that he saw no trace and no sign of his mother.
The last person to see her was a close family member who saw her on Route 138 on Saturday before noon on their way home.
So he telephones the police around 5:00 p.m., they arrive very quickly. They made a report and left. The family continues the search until dark.
The next day, the police carried out a search which lasted five or six days. During the first hours, only the police could go on the ground so as not to contaminate and remove clues. Subsequently, his three children, relatives, friends and more than 100 volunteers participated in the searches within a radius of 50 kilometers. Among the volunteers were the Knights of Columbus Council 7205, the Red Cross who fed the volunteers and a lot of help from the people of the town.
Searches have been carried out along the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River from Les Escoumins to part of Longue Rive. The cabins along the river and the ditches on either side of Route 138 were also searched.
On Thursday, a helicopter flew over the area and a search dog also assisted in the ground searches for part of the day.
After five days, following the disappearance of Jeannine, the family accompanied by the volunteers never stopped to continue the search as well as the following springs until the snow.
Posters were put up within a 50-kilometer radius and over a hundred posters were distributed and installed in Baie-Comeau and Chicoutimi, as well as advertisements that appeared on the internet. A search blitz was carried out in the village and the volunteers went to all the doors to ask the residents to inspect their land and building as well as the culverts in order to check if there was the possibility of the presence of Ms. Deschênes. -Poitras on their property.
Some places that had played a role in Jeannine’s childhood have also been the subject of research.
Every year in September, family and friends post an ad on social media to promote new information.
Ms. Jeannine Deschênes-Poitras was 79 years old when she disappeared. At this time, she was accompanied by her small beige dog, she was wearing a green coat, beige pants, black boots and glasses. Ms. Deschênes-Poitras suffers from a hearing disability and mild memory loss. She is 1.50 meters tall and weighs 50 kg, has brown hair and eyes. She wears dentures.
Message from the family:
Help us find her, Maybe a mishap she had or some other person’s accident, we don’t know. Find our mother, Grandma Jeanine would be a step for the family which keeps hope in order to appease our hearts. Thank you.
All information enabling Ms. Jeannine Deschênes-Poitras to be located can be sent confidentially to the Sûreté du Québec at the Criminal Information Center at 1 800 659-4264.
Meurtres et Disparitions Irrésolus du Québec 819 200-4628 [email protected]
Source: Family & translated temporarely by Google