UPDATED: Nunavik teen found dead outside on Sunday

Salluit residents say 15-year-old died from exposure

Salluit, Nunavik

On Sunday, a teenage girl died in the Hudson Strait community of Salluit. Residents say the girl was 15 and is believed to have died from exposure. (File Photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

A teenage girl died in Salluit on Sunday, Jan. 27.

The Kativik Regional Police Force confirmed she was found outside at around 4:30 p.m.

Police wouldn’t provide other details. But community members say the girl, aged 15, was found beneath a house and appears to have died from exposure.

According to Environment Canada, it was -28 C that day in Salluit.

Following the publication of this story on Wednesday afternoon, Quebec’s Bureau des enquêtes indepéndantes (BEI) issued a release saying the agency had taken charge of the investigation.

According to the BEI, a concerned family member of the victim called the KRPF on Jan. 27 at around 3:30 a.m. to ask police to look for the missing girl.

Police officers went out looking for the victim but returned an hour later unsuccessful.

The girl was found dead later that day, underneath a house.

The BEI’s role is to independently investigate incidents in which civilians are seriously injured or killed during police interventions.

The agency said six investigators would arrive in Salluit today.

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(9) Comments:

  1. Posted by John Borthiry on

    I’m terribly sad to learn of this. My sincere condolences to her family and loved ones.

  2. Posted by Bernie Adams on

    A terrible tragedy.
    My Sincere Condolences and Prayer’s to the parents, brothers, sisters, aunties, uncles, classmates and neighbors of Salluit.
    Lean on each other for Support and Guidance.

  3. Posted by Jeff Turcotte on

    I am so very sorry to hear this, our thoughts and prayers for the family , first responders, and the community.

  4. Posted by Joseph Bento on

    I am saddened to read of this. I have a very good friend in Salluit, and I’m sure she would have known this girl.

    My sincere condolences to the family and friends. You will be in my prayers.

  5. Posted by Patricia on

    Oh, I am so sorry to read this. She was just a child. My condolences to the family.

  6. Posted by Ex sallumiut on

    She was a truly kind soul. My deepest condolences to the family and community. I hope the investigation can help bring some closure to this horrible tragedy.

  7. Posted by Johnny Mameanskum on

    Always SAD, to hear the passing of a Youth. They are the Future of our communities

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