Briefs include: Girl leads Twitterverse on wild goose chase, Allan Adam retains position as ACFN chief, and Inmate medevaced from Fort Smith corrections dies.
Girl leads Twitterverse on wild goose chase
A Hay River teen had friends and concerned citizens up at arms across the Northwest Territories after the RCMP mobilized the media with a missing person report Oct. 29. Tamara Graham had been reported missing by her family the day previous, having not been seen since she left work Oct. 26. The problem? Graham was not missing, she had taken off on her own accord, which she posted on her Facebook page when the news started to spread and friends began urging her to go home and call police. “I will eventually,” she responded.
Allan Adam retains position as ACFN chief
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Chief Allan Adam retained his leadership position, following a band election last Friday. Adam dominated with 221 votes, outpacing runner up Greg “Cowboy” Marcel’s 85 votes. He also beat out Leslie Wiltzen and Julie Mercredi. Adam has held onto his position as chief since 2007, when he was first elected. This time around he will be working with an entirely new council. Out of 15 candidates Terri Lynn Villebrun, Michele Voyageur, Jonathan Bruno and Raymond Cardinal took the coveted spots.
Inmate medevaced from Fort Smith corrections dies
A 66 year-old inmate medevaced from the Fort Smith RCMP detachment has died, RCMP have confirmed. After going into “unpreventable” medical distress in a cell block, an elderly man was treated at the local health authority before being transported to Edmonton the evening of Oct. 16 for further care. He was later returned to the Fort Smith facility, where he died Oct. 25. The death is being investigated by the coroner of the NWT. The Medicine Hat Police Service is continuing an external investigation.