Police appeal for witnesses after Behchokǫ̀ death

An image of a police operation in Behchokǫ̀ on April 8, 2019
An image of a police operation in Behchokǫ̀ on April 8, 2019.

RCMP issued an appeal for the public’s help on Wednesday after a man’s death in Behchokǫ̀ two days earlier.

In their appeal, police gave no new information about what led to the man’s death, but asked for potential witnesses to come forward.

Police and the coroner have not named the man, though Nora Wedzin said her brother, Archie, had passed away at noon on Monday.

Archie, who had just turned 59, was described as a loving father to eight children.



Yellowknife’s McKenna Funeral Home said he “will return to his home community of Behchokǫ̀ for a funeral mass at St Michael’s Church,” at a date to be arranged.

In their appeal, RCMP asked “local residents to come forward with any observations they would have witnessed on Monday, April 8, between the hours of 8am and 11am, in the residential area near the Kǫ Go Cho Complex” – the community’s sportsplex.

Marie York-Condon, an RCMP spokesperson, said: “There could be a person, or persons, who may have seen something suspicious in the morning of Monday, April 8.

“We are asking the residents of Behchokǫ̀ to report any suspicious or unusual activity to help our investigators.”

Police said their investigation is “in early stages with no further information at this time.”

It’s not clear exactly what happened during the incident, nor whether anyone was arrested in its aftermath.