Inquest called into the 2018 death of Richard Binder Jr. of Inuvik

An RCMP patrol vehicle. (CKLB file photo.)

An inquest has been called into the 2018 death of Richard Binder Jr. whose body was found near the community of Inuvik.

That news came from the Office of the Chief Coroner of the Northwest Territories in an email on Monday.

The coroner will conduct the inquest in Inuvik starting on March 3.

RCMP had been searching for the 35-year-old Binder who they said at the time was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for assault causing bodily harm and assaulting a police officer.

As far as we know, Binder was not in custody at the time of his death.

Inquests are almost always called when there is an in-custody death.

There is no information out there that would suggest police had anything to do with his death.

According to the news release, the inquest will be held at the Mackenzie Hotel in Inuvik starting March 3.

Binder Jr.’s body was found near Big Lake, just outside Inuvik, on Nov. 3, 2018.

Just days earlier, police had asked the public for help in finding Binder Jr.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.