The death of a 51-year-old man at the Whitehorse General Hospital has now been deemed a homicide.
Clayton Benoit was transported by EMS to the hospital on Aug. 30. He died from his injuries later that evening.
An autopsy performed Tuesday at Vancouver General Hospital has determined that the cause of his death was homicide.
Consequently, the Yukon RCMP Major Crime Unit has now taken over the investigation.
The RCMP are asking anyone with information about Benoit’s activities or whereabouts in the days leading up to his death to contact them at 667-5555.
Benoit is originally from the Northwest Territories. According to police, he had been living in Whitehorse “for some time.”
His death marks the sixth homicide of 2017 in the Yukon, and the fifth in Whitehorse.
The last reported homicide was that of Wilfred “Dickie” Charlie, 57.
His body was found on July 5 near Fort Selkirk. The member of the Little Salmon-Carmacks First Nation had been reported missing in Carmacks on June 19.
Findings from an autopsy performed at Vancouver General Hospital resulted in his death being deemed a homicide.
A week earlier, on June 28, the body of Adam Cormack, 25, was found north of the Old Alaska Highway, west of Whitehorse.
In early July, Edward James Penner, 20, of British Columbia, was charged with first-degree murder in connection to Cormack’s death.
The murder of Greg Dawson, 45, also remains under investigation. His body was found April 6 at a home near Riverdale.
The double homicide of Wendy Carlick, 51, and Sarah MacIntosh, 53 is also under investigation. The women were found dead April 19 at MacIntosh’s home in the McIntyre subdivision.
This is the largest number of homicides the Yukon has experienced since 2004, when there were seven.
Last year, there were four homicides in the Yukon. One occurred in 2015, three in 2014 and none between 2011 and 2013.