NEWS: Nunavut July 12, 2017 - 1:49 pm

Nunavut RCMP treating death of Kivalliq boy as a homicide

Body of boy, missing for "up to five days," found in Rankin Inlet


(Updated July 12, 1:45 p.m.)

Police believe the death of a young boy, found in Rankin Inlet July 7, was a homicide.

Nunavut RCMP issued a news release July 9 to say the boy, first reported at to be 12 years old but who was actually 11, had been missing for “up to five days” and found in an industrial area in Rankin Inlet July 7.

At the time, police said the death was suspicious. Now, after an autopsy, police say they are treating it as a homicide.

“A positive identification on the victim is pending and as such, RCMP is unable to release the name at this point,” said an updated police news release from July 12.

Nunavut RCMP said in their first release, dated July 9, that they received a complaint of a missing youth on July 7 and, with help from Search and Rescue personnel, eventually located the boy. The release does not say when the boy was found or how long it took to locate him.

The Nunavut coroner’s office was been advised and RCMP considered the death to be suspicious. RCMP K Division Serious Crime unit are assisting in the investigation.

Police urge anyone with information about this death to call the Rankin Inlet RCMP at 867-645-0123 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).