RCMP say no arrest made yet in connection to Behchoko ‘suspicious death’

Behchoko - Courtesy of NWT Bureau of Statistics

RCMP say no arrest has been made as they continue to investigate what they call a suspicious death in Behchoko.

Mounties have reported that a man was found unresponsive in the community Monday and was later pronounced dead at the local health centre.

Police have not said where the man was found.

Both Mounties and the NWT Coroner’s office are investigating the death however neither agency is naming the victim.

He has been identified on mainstream and social media however he has not been officially ID’d and CKLB is choosing not to name him at this time.

It is believed his body has been sent to Edmonton for an autopsy to try to determine the cause of death.

CKLB asked police about rumours circulating throughout the community in terms of a suspect, an imminent arrest and how the man died, but they say they can’t comment on any of that while their investigation is still ongoing.

RCMP insist that at this point they are not describing the incident as a “possible homicide.”

Mounties are still asking local residents to come forward with anything they may have witnessed on Monday between the hours of 8:00 and 11:00 am in the residential area near the Kǫ Go Cho Complex, otherwise known as the Sportsplex, in Rae.

“There could be person, or persons, who may have seen something suspicious in the morning of Monday, April 8. We are asking the residents of Behchoko to report any suspicious or unusual activity to help our investigators,” stated Marie York-Condon, civilian RCMP spokesperson, in a news release.

Anyone with information on the death can contact RCMP in Behchoko or Crime Stoppers.

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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