Fort Chipewyan RCMP Update #3 from Rocher River

Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta – Identification has been confirmed after an autopsy for the two men who were located on the Rocher River approximately 8 kilometres north of where the boat of four missing hunters was located.

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On April 24, 2017 at approximately 12:30 p.m., Fort Chipewyan RCMP responded to a call about four missing hunters. The men had left the community late the night previous on the Rocher River north of Fort Chipewyan and had not returned. The men were heading to an area known as Devil’s Gate which is near Fort Chipewyan. Parks Canada and Fort Chipewyan RCMP as well as numerous volunteers and Search and Rescue teams started searching the river in the area and located the boat.

Tragically, over the following months the four hunters were located deceased and their bodies were recovered from the Rocher River.
“Words cannot express the tragic loss of these four men who were from the community of Fort Chipewyan,” said Corporal Ronald Bumbry, East Alberta Media Relations Officer. “Our thoughts continue to be with the families and the community of Fort Chipewyan during this difficult time.”

Fort Chipewyan RCMP would like to thank the countless community members and volunteers who assisted with the search and recovery efforts and the search and rescue teams from the surrounding areas.

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June 26, 2017

Fort Chipewyan RCMP Update #2 from Rocher River

Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta – On June 25, 2017 at approximately 7:00 p.m. Fort Chipewyan RCMP were called to the Rocher River approximately 8 kilometres north of where the boat of four missing hunters was located. A local resident was on the river and discovered a body on the river bank.

Fort Chipewyan RCMP have only tentatively identified the body at this time. An autopsy is pending in Edmonton for both deceased men who were located in the river over the last two days. No further information is available at this time. An update will provided when more details become available.

Our thoughts continue to be with the families and the community of Fort Chipewyan during this difficult time.

Background:

June 25, 2017

Fort Chipewyan RCMP Update from Rocher River

Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta – On June 24, 2017 Fort Chipewyan RCMP were called to the Rocher River approximately 8 kilometres north of where the boat of four missing hunters was located. On arrival they recovered a body from the river bank.
Fort Chipewyan have only tentatively identified the body at this time and an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow in Edmonton.

No further information is available at this time. An update will provided when more details become available.

Our thoughts continue to be with the families and the community of Fort Chipewyan.

Fort Chipewyan RCMP


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