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FOUND DEAD – RCMP say the killing of Wendy Carlick (above) is being investigated as a homicide. She was the mother of Angel Carlick, whose body was found almost 10 years ago.

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Mayor Dan Curtis

Deaths ‘real shock, devastating,’ mayor says

Whitehorse RCMP have released the names of the two women found dead in the McIntrye subdivision last week.

By Emily Blake on April 24, 2017

Whitehorse RCMP have released the names of the two women found dead in the McIntrye subdivision last week.

Late Friday night, Whitehorse RCMP confirmed the identities of the women as Wendy Margaret Carlick, 51, and Sarah MacIntosh, 53.

Both deaths are being investigated as homicides.

Insp. Archie Thompson, the officer in charge of the Whitehorse RCMP detachment, said in a news release police received a call last Wednesday morning to the residence at 19 Murphy Rd. in the McIntyre subdivision where Carlick and MacIntosh were found.

Both women were Whitehorse residents.

MacIntosh was a member of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation.

Carlick was the mother of Angel Carlick, a 19-year-old Whitehorse woman who was found dead almost 10 years ago.

Angel was reported missing in late May 2007, prompting a search by friends, family and the RCMP.

Her body was found six months later in a forested area near the Pilot Mountain subdivision north of Whitehorse. Her death remains unsolved.

Wendy was an advocate for the cause of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and was pleased when the government announced that they would hold a National Inquiry on the issue.

“It’s been a real shock, and it’s very devastating for the community,” Mayor Dan Curtis said of the deaths in an interview with the Star this morning.

“My heartfelt condolences go out to the friends, family, co-workers and people who loved those who were killed.”

Community members have set up a tribute to Wendy in Shipyards Park with ribbons, flowers and a sign that reads “For Wendy who we loved” adorning a sculpture by Second Avenue.

A sacred fire was also lit for 48 hours starting last Wednesday afternoon at the baseball diamond in the McIntyre subdivision for community members to gather.

As well, the government of Kwanlin Dün has supports available in the community for family members and citizens including outreach counsellors from the Departments of Health and Justice. Anyone in need is encouraged to call 336-0854.

The mayor noted that the First Nation has set a great example on how to support community members who are mourning and how to lift each other up.

“This is a difficult time for grieving family members and the community,” Gina Nagano, Kwanlin Dün’s acting director of Justice, said in a press release.

“All residents are encouraged to reach out for the support they may need.”

The Yukon RCMP Major Crimes Unit and the Forensic Identification Section are continuing their investigation.

RCMP also stated last week that the April 6 death in Riverdale of Whitehorse resident Greg Dawson, 45, is being treated as suspicious after the results of an autopsy could not rule out foul play.

Mayor Curtis said he knew Dawson for 35 years. In fact, he saw him just a week prior to his death.

“I knew him since we were kids. He was always a really kind person and always had a smile on his face,” he said.

Curtis also noted he wanted to thank the RCMP for their hard work.

Police say there is no identified risk to the public.

And anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the RCMP at 667-5555.

RCMP and Kwanlin Dün are expected to hold a press conference on the deaths sometime early this week.

Comments (11)

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Roger on Apr 29, 2017 at 5:32 am

Hmm. Seems many people are under the impression that homicides are easy to solve, never a complicated situation factually or legally, and that solving every homicide immediately is a foregone conclusion. Any departure from the typical CSI or Law and Order 1hr solve timeline is a sure sign of laziness, incompetence and or disregard for the community.
Terribly tragedies no doubt, thoughts are with the families.

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DRUM on Apr 28, 2017 at 8:27 pm

I say again - all these murders and no culprits brought to trial.
Is it because a whole community is protecting the killers (and knowingly) or??????
This is not acceptable. We do not feel safe in our our community.

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anonymous on Apr 27, 2017 at 6:08 pm

"RCMP do know some things but are not "showing their cards" in the interest of solving the case..."

You are kidding right? I don't think there is any interest in solving the case seeing as how they have yet to solve one.

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westofbelfast on Apr 27, 2017 at 10:56 am

Enigmatized: A couple of comments on your comments. We don't do autopsies in the Yukon but instead they are done in Vancouver and that also depends on resources available there. Secondly I suspect that the RCMP do know some things but are not "showing their cards" in the interest of solving the case and perhaps identifying a person of interest who under questioning gives up something that they should not have known because it has not been released to the public. It is pretty standard procedure around the world. I agree though, from the public perspective, it is pretty frustrating to be kept in the dark but I believe it is for the greater purpose of bringing the criminals to justice.

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The Moose in the Room on Apr 26, 2017 at 8:48 pm

" there's no danger to the public." ... unless you belong to a very specific socioeconomic minority in Whitehorse. According to RCMP statistics, more than 90% of aboriginal homicides are committed by someone the victim knew. These incidents come as no surprise to anyone who has lived in the Yukon for more than a few years.

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drum on Apr 26, 2017 at 6:42 pm

It is turning into a dangerous city but no killers found!!!!!
Are we missing something here? Do people know what happened to all these people killed but will not tell the RCMP?

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Sorrow on Apr 26, 2017 at 1:33 pm

Deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Wendy, Sarah and Greg. Their lives were lost too soon, and they will be remembered and missed.

May the people responsible for their deaths step forward and take responsibility for their actions, and the impact on the community.

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Enigma wrapped up inside a puzzle on Apr 26, 2017 at 7:07 am

I think I get eight (8) unsolved murders here in Whitehorse if you add Alan Waugh to the list of those mentioned by other pesters and the current 3 just added.
RCMP: 'We don't know anything but, there's no danger to the public."

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Enigmatized on Apr 25, 2017 at 8:46 pm

The two women found dead in McIntyre are being investigated as homicides. That's well and good but I've yet to hear when we can expect some autopsy results which will tell exactly how these two died and end some of the aura of mystery that hangs over the whole thing. Why have the cops not pointed to the autopsies and instead act like they are going to mysteriously solve these deaths without that information. Cops always want the public's help but, give out nothing in the way of meaningful information such as when the autopsy reports will be available.

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Edith on Apr 25, 2017 at 4:23 am

Least we not forget. . Colin Serenko unsolved. . Greg Dawson.. and Jonn Moffett unsolved. When are the investigations for all these unsolved Yukon homicides going to be re-opened an actual solved?

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Adele Sandrock on Apr 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm

Dear RCMP:

You released today the names of the deceased?
Family and friends were a tad faster than you.
Accomplishments of special RCMP investigations:
Angel Carlick - non, murderer still free
Matthew Devellano - non, murderer still free
Which results did the special task force accomplish in the Porter Creek case? N O N E
Special investigations in Alvin Dawson case in Riverdale?
Let me guess which results we can count on: N O N E
Wendy Carlick/Sarah Macintosh
Probably the same results as above named.
Impressive, isn't it?

No danger for the public?
Dear reader keep your own eyes open and don't give too much
for those public announcements.

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