Nunavut RCMP say no foul play in Naujaat woman’s sudden death

Police found the 33-year-old’s body on April 26

Flowers and stuffed animals create a memorial for a woman, 33, who died suddenly in Rankin Inlet on April 26. Police now say no foul play was involved in her death. (Submitted photo/Facebook)

By Jane George

(Updated on May 13 at 12:15 p.m.)

Nunavut RCMP say they have ruled out foul play after investigating a 33-year-old woman’s death in Rankin Inlet on April 26.

This conclusion is based on the results of an autopsy performed on the woman, whose name was not released by police “out of respect for the family,” said a news release issued by the RCMP on Friday, May 10.

After responding to a call on April 26, police in the Kivalliq hub of about 3,000 people had found the body of the woman.

The Nunavut RCMP’s major crimes unit and the territory’s chief coroner’s office then started their investigation into the sudden death of the woman.

The woman who died has been identified by community sources as Lynnora Siusangnark is Naujaat.

To remember Siusangnark, Amanda Ford of Rankin Inlet started a memorial of toys and flowers in Rankin Inlet, shown above, which she has now sent on to Siusangnark’s family in Naujaat.

Ford said she didn’t personally know Siusangnark, but felt it was important to honour her because Siusangnark had been alone in the community.

For May 5, the national day of National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous women, Ford also made 160 red ribbons.

She then distributed these at a local snowmobile race, collecting about $500 in donations for Siusangnark’s family in Naujaat.

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