RCMP now treating suspicious death in Behchoko as homicide

RCMP want to hear from you if you saw anything suspicious near the Sportsplex in Rae on Monday
(Francis Tessier-Burns/CKLB photo)

RCMP are now calling a suspicious death in Behchoko a homicide.

Police state in a news release issued Friday that on Monday April 8th, a man was found unresponsive and was transported to the Behchoko Health Centre.

He was declared deceased and police say they began investigating, along with the NWT Coroner’s Office.

Mounties state that at this time, its Major Crimes Unit has gathered information that indicates the investigation is now classified as a homicide.

Police state that no suspect has been charged in the case and that they are seeking further public assistance, asking anyone to come forward with observations they would have witnessed on Monday, April 8th, between the hours of 8:00 and 11:00 am in the residential area near the Kǫ Gocho Complex.

They have not said where the man’s body was found but it’s believed it was in his home.

“Our members are working very hard and looking at any possible leads to try to solve this case. Any information or observations could help our investigators. We ask local residents to contact Behchoko RCMP or Crime Stoppers if they saw suspicious activity on Monday, April 8,” states Inspector Amber Clark, the officer in charge of the RCMP’s South District.

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation police say they will not be releasing any additional information at this time.

CKLB has learned from the family that Archie Wedzin, believed to be in his 60s, was the victim.

They say his body was taken to Edmonton for an autopsy to try to determine the cause of death.

Funeral arrangements won’t be set until the body is returned to the family.

CKLB offers the family its condolences.

About the Author

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).

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