Quebec's police watchdog investigating young girl's death in Nunavik

A young woman was found dead in the Nunavik community of Salluit on Jan. 27. Police had finished a brief search for the girl when she was found dead under a home.

Body was found in home in Salluit after police briefly searched for the girl

The village of Salluit in Nunavik. A young woman's body was found in the community over the weekend. (Jo-Ann Demers/Radio-Canada)

Quebec's police watchdog is investigating the death of a young girl in Salluit last weekend.

The body of the young woman was found in the Nunavik community after police briefly searched for her.

In a news release from the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI), it says a family member contacted the Kativik Regional Police Force at around 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 27.

The statement says, at the request of the family member, police did a search for the girl. They didn't find her and they returned to the station at 4:30 a.m.

Police say she was later found dead under a home in the village.

A spokesperson for the Kativik Regional Police Force would not confirm the young woman's age, though BEI called her a minor.

Police said the death is considered suspicious. The spokesperson said the Sûreté du Québec and the Kativik Regional Police Force are investigating.

The BEI says six investigators are looking into the case.

Because Kativik police had made a search for the woman before she was found dead, the investigation is automatic. The independent watchdog automatically investigates incidents involving death or serious injury where a police officer or police force was involved.

Salluit is an Inuit community with a population of about 1,400 people, located at the far end of the Sugluk Inlet close to the Hudson Strait.


  • A previous version of this story said the youth was found dead in a home. In fact, she was found dead under a home.
    Jan 30, 2019 7:57 PM CT