There’s still no sign of two people reported missing between Dettah and Łutselkʼe, nearly three weeks after they were last seen.
A group of three people left Dettah on the evening of Monday, May 13, travelling with a snowmobile and two toboggans.
The body of 65-year-old Sam Boucher has since been recovered from the lake.
However, on Friday, police said they have been unable to find any sign of Cammy Boucher, 23, or a third person, believed to be 28-year-old Jake Gully.
Though an active search-and-rescue operation was suspended on May 18, five days after the trio was reported missing, police working alongside the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) have continued aerial searches of the area.
Police believe Cammy and Jake may have gone through thin ice, but have been unable to recover any definitive evidence.
“CASARA completed air surveillance of the area of interest on May 24 and again last evening, May 30,” RCMP said in a statement.
“Both air patrols reported no sighting of additional debris or the missing persons.”
Police said conditions on the lake are “volatile” as ice recedes, meaning no ground search can be attempted.
“Yellowknife RCMP General Investigative Section will continue to investigate the missing persons file for the remaining missing two persons,” police said, indicating air searches would continue for the time being.
Sam Boucher’s body was returned to Łutselkʼe for burial last week, according to the McKenna Funeral Home, with a visitation having taken place in Yellowknife on Sunday and Monday, May 26 and 27.