A NT Power Corp. (NTPC) employee from Yellowknife was found dead in the staff house of the Bluefish hydro site last Wednesday afternoon.
Michael Dunn, 42, was working alone as a hydro plant operator at the site. He was employed with the company for two and a half years.
A contractor dropping materials off found the deceased in the house. An ambulance was called to the scene along with the RCMP and coroner.
“The cause is unknown at this point,” NTPC spokesperson Bob Kelly said. “It’s not being treated as suspicious or work related.”
RCMP Staff Sgt. Brad Kaeding said they are still waiting on the coroner’s autopsy and toxicology reports.
“Because of his age and the unknown circumstances, the RCMP did attend to secure evidence and conduct an investigation. At this point we are satisfied that it was not suspicious in nature; however, remaining evidence needs to be determined from autopsy results and toxicology results, as well. Neither one of those is available at this point,” he told The Journal.
“If they don’t point to anything different than what we know at this point, then our investigation will be concluded to the coroner’s office. If something shows up that was unexpected, then our investigation will continue,” Kaeding added.
The Bluefish dam is located about 50 km northeast of Yellowknife.