Edmonton Police investigating death in Inuvik

A Facebook photo of Richard Binder Jr. submitted by RCMP.

The Edmonton Police Service is investigating a death near Inuvik, NWT.

The body of 35 year old Richard Binder Junior was found on November 3rd by Inuvik RCMP near Big Lake on the outskirts of town.

In an earlier press release, G-Division RCMP said Binder was wanted on outstanding warrants for resisting arrest, assault causing bodily harm and breaches of court orders.

In an email to CKLB News from the Mounties,

“Mr. Binder Jr had been advised by RCMP on October 25 that he was under arrest, and he consequently fled, so police had official contact with him.”

Policy states that this, “must be treated the same as an ‘in custody’ event, which calls for an external investigation,” wrote a spokesperson for G-Division RCMP.

Police say Binder consequently fled from police custody. He was reported missing on October 28th.

The NWT Coroner’s Service is also assisting the investigation.

An autopsy on Binder’s body has been ordered to try to determine a cause of death. CKLB News reached out to the Edmonton Police Service, but they say they have no other information to share at this time.

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Josh Campbell
Splash is back as the host of Denendeh Sunrise, CKLB's morning current affairs program. Campbell was mentored by longtime host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Josh, as he's known professionally by folks across the broadcast industry has worked for CBC North, CKRW the Rush in Yukon, and at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving north for his love of radio and Indigenous culture in 2007, Campbell graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program in Belleville, Ontario the traditional territory of the Tyendinaga Mohawks. Campbell is proud of his Scottish and Irish ancestry. He was born and raised along the Tobique River the home of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet Nation.

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