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Murder charges in Mishkeegogamang, OPP treating Red Lake death as a homicide

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

By Dryden Observer Staff

On October 24, 2017, a 39 year-old female resident of Mishkeegogamang Lake First Nation was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder as a result of the death of a 34 year old man.

On February 23, 2017, Delbert Sainnawap had sought medical treatment at Mishkeegogamang Health Centre for an injury sustained earlier in the week. He was then airlifted to Thunder Bay for medical treatment and subsequently passed away in hospital.

The investigation was led under the direction of Detective Inspector Mark Zulinski of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) with officers from the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS) and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) North West Region Crime Unit.

The accused remains in custody and will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Kenora on October 25, 2017.

Red Lake death now confirmed as homicide

The death investigation of a male located in the area of Howey Street in Red Lake on October 29, 2017 has now been confirmed to be as a result of a homicide.

Members of the Red Lake Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment, North West Region Forensic Identification Unit, Emergency Response Team, Underwater Search and Recovery Unit in conjunction with the North West Region Crime Unit are continuing their investigation under the direction of Detective Inspector Darryl Sigouin of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

The OPP reminds all members of the public to be aware of their personal safety at all times. The OPP’s website,, contains a number of useful resources, tips and links.

Police are asking any persons with information relating to this investigation to contact the Red Lake OPP Detachment (807)727-2418, the OPP Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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