There are 71 unsolved, historical cases of missing and murdered persons in the Northwest Territories, and this year’s territorial budget has proposed to create an RCMP unit dedicated to working on those files.
The unit would consist of three members who would work to organize, catalogue, and investigate cold cases of missing and murdered persons in the territory. These cases can include instances of suspicious deaths, unsolved homicides, missing persons and unidentified human remains.
Police say 63 of the cases are still open investigations, and some date back to 1985.
“The majority of the 63 open investigations into missing persons involve reports of persons wandered off, lost, or presumed drowned,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Justice in an email.
An advocate for Indigenous people, Gail Cyr, said she supports the idea of implementing the unit.
“Families of the Northwest Territories certainly do need to