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Inuvik girl died of exposure - coroner

Dez Loreen
Northern News Services
Published Monday, April 07, 2008

Inuvik - A coroner's report released last week states a girl found dead near Inuvik March 26 died of exposure to cold weather.

Deputy chief coroner of the NWT Cathy Menard said there were no signs of injury that could have caused the death of the 15 year-old girl.

The girl's body was found on Airport lake which is located roughly 10-kilometres outside of Inuvik.

Menard added the examination is still in the early stages, as the autopsy done was by the naked eye.

"We're going through a process of elimination to determine other factors in the death," said Menard.

She said that the results of the preliminary examination were consistent with cold exposure.

While it has been rumoured that alcohol was a factor in the death of the girl, Menard said it could not be proven until toxicology reports are done.

"We've ordered the toxicology tests, but they can take up to four months for results to get back," said Menard.

She added that if alcohol was a factor it would be shown in the pending results of the toxicology report.

RCMP Sgt. Larry O'Brien stated in a press release that foul play is not suspected in the girl's death.