Police investigate suspicious death in Arctic Quebec community
Quebec provincial police are investigating the suspicious death of a woman in Salluit, a community in Nunavik, the Inuit region of Arctic Quebec.
The Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF), the law enforcement agency in Nunavik, found the woman on November 1 after responding to an emergency call about a possible home fire.
There were no visible signs of smoke or fire when police and firefighters arrived at the address, but they did find the woman lying on a bed in a bedroom.
The woman was taken to the community nursing center by ambulance where she was declared dead.
Police have not yet released the name or age of the woman, but in a press release on Tuesday, the KRPF said a suspect was in custody.
The person’s name and age have also not been released.
As happens whenever there are suspicious deaths in Nunavik, homicide investigators from Quebec’s provincial police, the Sûreté du Québec, fly up from down South to take over the case.
Salluit has a population of approximately 1,486 people and is located on the Hudson Strait in the northernmost region of Nunavik.
Like Nunavik’s other 13 communities, Salluit is fly-in only.
Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca
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