RCMP ask for public’s help following ‘suspicious’ death in Behchoko

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NWT RCMP’s major crimes unit is imploring anyone who may have witnessed “suspicious” activity in Behchoko to come forward following the sudden death of a man in the community  last week.

The man was found unresponsive around 1 p.m. on Monday, April 8. He was declared dead after being transported to Behchoko Health Centre.

The death was almost immediately deemed “suspicious” by RCMP.

Now, Mounties are calling on residents to provide any information that could assist in the ongoing investigation, stated RCMP in a news release issued last Wednesday.

The NWT Coroner Service, which is probing the death alongside RCMP, hadn’t responded to a request to confirm the man’s identity by press time. But in public Facebook post made by a close family member, the deceased man was identified as Archie Wedzin.

“He was a loving father to six of his daughters and two sons,” read the post, which drew hundreds of reactions, along with dozens of messages of sympathy and support.

If residents saw “something suspicious” in the the community on April 8, particularly in the area near the Kǫ Go Cho Complex between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., they’re urged to come forward to RCMP.

“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” states RCMP spokesperson Marie York-Condon.

RCMP told News/North on Friday no arrests had been made in connection with the suspicious death, stating police are continuing to seek the public’s help.

RCMP are continuing to investigation the death.

Anyone with information related to the sudden death asked to call Behchoko RCMP Detachment at 392-1111, contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 nwtnutips.com, (click on “submit a web tip”) or text: nwtnutips to 274637.

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