Death of Theresa Allore

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Theresa Allore
Theresa Allore in 1978
DisappearedLennoxville, Quebec, Canada
DiedNovember 3, 1978 (aged 19)
Body discoveredApril 13, 1979, Compton, Quebec
Known forUnsolved death for 44 years, 10 months and 25 days
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5+12 in)

Theresa Allore was a nineteen-year-old Canadian college student who disappeared on Friday, November 3, 1978, from Champlain College Lennoxville in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.[1]


Theresa Allore was a nineteen-year-old student at Champlain College Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada. Her lodgings were in Compton, a fifteen-minute drive south. On November 3, 1978, she disappeared from the campus.[2] Five months later, on April 13, 1979, her body was discovered in a small body of water approximately one kilometre from her dormitory residence in Compton, Quebec. She was wearing only her underwear.[3] Upon her disappearance police initially suggested she was a runaway. When her body was discovered police then suggested that she was the possible victim of a drug overdose, perhaps with the assistance of fellow college students.[4]


In the summer of 2002, the family of Allore enlisted the support of an investigative reporter and friend, Patricia Pearson, who produced a series of articles for Canada's National Post newspaper that presented evidence that she was a victim of murder, and that her death was possibly linked to multiple other unsolved local cases.[5] The theory was supported by geographic profiler and then FBI consultant, Kim Rossmo, who suggested a serial sexual predator may have been operating in the Quebec region in the late 1970s and advised police to investigate the deaths as a series.[5][6] Since 2002, Theresa's brother, John Allore, who produced the podcast Who Killed Theresa?,[7] continued the investigation, identifying dozens of other unsolved murders and disappearances from 1971 to 1981 which may be associated.[8] He successfully lobbied for the creation of a Sûreté du Québec cold case unit, which was created in 2004.[9] Beginning in 2018, John Allore started to focus on other Quebec cases from the 1970s through the present era, cases that further suggest systemic failures in Quebec criminal justice.[10] On January 17, 2019 the Montreal police, the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal, announced it was creating its own cold case squad, in large part due to the lobbying efforts of John Allore.[11] In November 2018 John Allore was awarded the Senate of Canada’s Sesquicentennial Medal for his work in victims advocacy for "recognition of your valuable service to the nation."[12] Allore and Pearson's book Wish You Were Here about the murder was published by Penguin Random House Canada in September 2020.[13]

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  1. ^ Bayly, Joanne (April 16, 2020). "Quebec cold cases: Families of 8 dead women call for public inquiry". CBC. Retrieved June 18, 2023.
  2. ^ Fudakowska, Anna (November 16, 1978). "Allore Search Hits Dead End". The Sherbrooke Record. Retrieved June 18, 2023.
  3. ^ "Dad Identifies Dead Co-Ed". The Sherbrooke Record. April 17, 1979. Retrieved June 18, 2023.
  4. ^ McCully, Sharon (August 19, 2002). "Family Seeks Closure in Daughter's Murder". The Sherbrooke Record. Retrieved June 18, 2023.
  5. ^ a b Pearson, Patricia (August 10, 2002). "Who Killed Theresa?". National Post. Archived from the original on July 4, 2010. Retrieved August 10, 2010.
  6. ^ Bayly, Joanne (April 18, 2016). "Quebec cold cases: Families of 8 dead women call for public inquiry". CBC News. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  7. ^ Bérubé, Nicolas (December 29, 2018). "Meurtres non résolus: "Je ne fais plus confiance aux enquêteurs"". La Presse (in French).
  8. ^ Tripp, Rob (April 6, 2016). "Unsolved murders blamed on "incompetent" Quebec police". CanCrime. Rob Tripp. Archived from the original on June 10, 2016. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  9. ^ "Project | Cold cases - Sûreté du Québec". Archived from the original on June 14, 2021. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  10. ^ Allore, John; Pearson, Patricia (2020). Wish you were here : a murdered girl, a brother's quest and the hunt for a serial killer. Random House Canada. OCLC 1147876404. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  11. ^ Renaud, Daniel (January 17, 2019). "Important redéploiement d'effectifs au SPVM". La Presse (in French). Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  12. ^ Gravenor, Kristian (January 2019). "Shining The Light On Cold Cases". Police Advocates Journal. Issue 5: 17–20.
  13. ^ Allore, John (September 22, 2020). Wish you were here : a murdered girl, a brother's quest and the hunt for a serial killer. Pearson, Patricia. Toronto. ISBN 978-0-7352-7716-8. OCLC 1147876404.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)


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