Police say the death of a cab driver discovered inside his vehicle outside Yellowknife’s Stanton Territorial Hospital is suspicious.
In a news release, RCMP said they had been alerted to the incident just before 5am on Monday.
“An unconscious adult male had been located in a white SUV City Cab in the vicinity of Stanton Territorial Hospital,” the news release stated.
“The male was transported into the hospital where he was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter. The death is being investigated as suspicious at this time.”
The circumstances by which the driver ended up in their work vehicle outside the hospital are unknown. Police appealed for help in piecing together what had happened.
“The RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance if anything suspicious was observed early Monday morning in the areas of Wilkinson Crescent, Fraser Arms West or East or the Stanton Territorial Hospital emergency entrance,” said the news release.
Residents of Wilkinson Crescent reported a stretch of homes had been cordoned off by police in the early afternoon of Monday. RCMP did not immediately confirm the nature of the work being undertaken on the street, nor its relation to the man’s death.
If you have information that may help police, you can contact Yellowknife RCMP at 867-669-1111 or use Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.
The territory’s major crimes unit is investigating with help from a forensics team and the local police dog unit. The territorial coroner’s office is also involved.
The identity of the driver has not been released. City Cab told the CBC – which first reported the incident – the man had been an employee of the company for more than a decade.