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NEWS: Nunavut November 16, 2012 - 6:37 pm

Searchers locate body of missing Rankin Inlet man on Nov. 16

Paul Aupilardjuk, 51, left his family residence during blizzard conditions Nov. 15 and did not return.


A 51-year-old man from Rankin Inlet has died from exposure after he failed to return home Nov. 15.

Paul Aupilardjuk, 51, left his family residence on the afternoon Nov, 15 during blizzard conditions and did not return, said an RCMP news release issued late Nov. 16. 

After family members told RCMP that the Aupilardjuk had not returned home,  police activated the Rankin Inlet Search and Rescue Organization. 

“In spite of the weather, a large scale search was initiated. Unfortunately Mr. Aupilardjuk’s body was found near the shoreline of the community just
before noon today,” the Nov. 16 news release said.

Police offered their condolences to the Aupilardjuk family and also thanked the Rankin Inlet Search and Rescue Organization for its “professionalism and cooperation during the severe conditions they faced.”

“No foul play is suspected and alcohol was not involved,” the news release stated, noting that the Coroner’s office with the investigation into this death.

People in Rankin are now rallying to offer help to Aupilardjuk’s family, by collecting cash donations privately and at a box at the Siniktarvik Hotel.

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