Second-degree murder charge laid in Nunavik death

Court records show victim died a week before he was found

The Kativik Regional Police Force detachment is seen here in Inukjuak, where the police are investigating the death of a 29-year-old man. (File photo)

By Sarah Rogers

A 38-year-old Nunavik man faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of another man.

Peter Palliser was arrested in Inukjuak last week after police investigators discovered the body of a 29-year-old man in a local residence.

The family of Amaruttaaq Weetaluktuk reported the man missing on May 7. Kativik Regional Police officers found Weetaluktuk’s body marked with “signs of violence,” but the police have not said how he died.

Palliser was arrested shortly afterwards and formally charged on May 11 with second-degree murder connected to Weetaluktuk’s death.

Court records accuse Palliser of causing Weetaluktuk’s death on or around April 30—seven days before the man was found—suggesting Palliser may have hidden the body. Police said Weetaluktuk was not found in his own home but did not specify whose residence it was.

As with any homicide investigations in Nunavik, the KRPF has turned over the investigation to Quebec provincial police, the Sûreté du Québec. A team of investigators flew to and from Inukjuak last weekend.

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