Man found dead about five kilometres from South Indian Lake Jan. 31

His death is believed to have been caused by exposure

A 26-year-old man was found dead from what is believed to be the effects of exposure near South Indian Lake Jan. 31.

The man’s body was discovered around 10 p.m. Jan. 31 on the shore of South Island, about five kilometres from the community.

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Police had responded to a call involving the man around 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30, when he was outside his residence trying to get into the house. Before RCMP officers arrived, the man fled the scene on foot. Efforts to locate the man throughout that evening and on the following day proved unsuccessful.

No criminality is suspected in the death but the investigation by South Indian Lake RCMP and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner continues pending the results of an autopsy.

This is the second suspected death from exposure in Northern Manitoba in about a week. A 32-year-old man was found dead in Split Lake Jan. 26 after having last been seen Jan. 23. That man ran off into the woods when a First Nation Safety Officer tried to speak with him. Efforts to locate the man immediately after the encounter were unsuccessful and he was reported missing Jan. 25.

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