RCMP continue to investigate Iqaluit death, seek public’s help


Iqaluit RCMP issued a follow-up this afternoon on the death of a man found unconscious in front of the Elders’ Qammaq in downtown Iqaluit the morning of August 8.

The man was pronounced dead after being transported to the Qikiqtani General Hospital by emergency personnel.

After identifying the deceased as a 27-year-old man from Iglulik, RCMP state the RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit, in partnership with the Office of the Chief Coroner, are continuing to investigate.

“The RCMP’s Forensic Identification Service officers are flying to Iqaluit to assist in this investigation,” according to the news release.

“The RCMP believes there is no risk to the public.”

Police are asking that anyone with information which might assist them in piecing together the events that led to this man’s death contact the RCMP detachment in Iqaluit at 867-979-1111.

“The RCMP will not have more information to share until an autopsy is completed,” according to the release.

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Michele LeTourneau first arrived at NNSL's headquarters in Yellowknife in1998, with a BA honours in Theatre. For four years she documented the arts across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Following a very short stint as a communications officer with the Government of the Northwest Territories, Michele spent a decade at a community-based environmental monitoring board in the mining industry, where she worked with Inuit, Chipewyan, Tlicho, Yellowknives Dene and Metis elders to help develop traditional knowledge and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit contributions for monitoring and management plans. She rejoined NNSL and moved to Iqaluit in May 2014 to write for Nunavut News. Michele has received a dozen awards for her work with NNSL.