Valérie Thé orêt, 37, and her daughter Adele Roesholt were killed Monday by a grizzly, Yukon’s coroner says
A Yukon woman and her 10-month-old daughter are dead after a bear attack at a remote cabin, the territory’s coroner said.
In a news release, Yukon’s coroner said the bodies of 37-year-old Valé rie Thé orêt, and her daughter Adele Roesholt were discovered by the child’s father at around 3 p.m. on Monday.
According to coroner Heather Jones, the two had been alone at the cabin when the attack happened.
“It appears they had been out for a walk when the incident occurred, sometime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.,” the coroner’s news release said.
Thé orêt, originally from Quebec, was on maternity leave from her job teaching Grade 6 French immersion at Whitehorse Elementary School. She and her partner, Gjermund Roesholt, and their daughter had been trapping at Einarson Lake for the last three months, the coroner said.
Einarson Lake is located more than 400 km northeast of Whitehorse, near the border between Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
Roesholt was away from the cabin on the family’s trapline when the attack occurred, Jones said. He came back just before 3 p.m. and was immediately charged by a grizzly bear, about 100 metres from the cabin.
Roesholt managed to shoot the bear, killing it. He then went to the cabin, where he found the bodies of his partner and child outside.
He used an emergency beacon device to call for help.
That call went to RCMP in Mayo, a village of 200 people and the closest settlement to the cabin. It also went to friends of the couple.