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RCMP investigating homicide north of Whitehorse

The territory has another homicide on its hands, the RCMP said Wednesday.

By Whitehorse Star on September 22, 2022

The territory has another homicide on its hands, the RCMP said Wednesday.

Late last month, police reported the discovery of a body in a rural area off the Mayo Road near Whitehorse.

The victim has been identified as James Richard Aikens, 41, from an area of British Columbia police did not specify.

“As a result of an autopsy, Yukon RCMP Major Crime Unit (MCU) investigators have determined that the suspicious death investigation previously reported on August  31,  2022  has now been deemed as a homicide,” police said. “The exact cause of death will not be released.

“At this time, it is also suspected that the homicide investigation is related to the missing persons investigation of Chad Oliver McGill reported on August  30,  2022.

“Mr. McGill has not been located and is still considered a missing person.”

Anyone with information about the homicide or McGill’s whereabouts is asked to contact their local police force or call directly to the M Division Major Crime Unit or Historical Case Unit at 667-5500, or email at  MDIV_HCU@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

“Further details will not be released at this time,” police said.

Comments (24)

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Jam on Dec 20, 2022 at 1:22 pm

He was my husband, and the comments on here are absolutely ridiculous. He was a victim and deserves some respect.
No one ever expects to get the call that their husband or dad is dead. Despite anything he deserves justice!!! No one deserves to die. Anyone with any information pls contact the RCMP crime unit. He needs justice and his family would like justice.

Thank you

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Juniper Jackson on Sep 28, 2022 at 1:57 pm

Roy: "You should do some self reflection. Your obsession is not healthy. This is just pure desperation.
Get a grip. Step away from the computer. Go outside for a walk."

Please Roy. Do not tell me, ever. how to live my life, or what opinion to have.

The topic is, another murder in Whitehorse. Did you have an opinion about that?
At no time in our history, has Whitehorse had the drugs, gangs and murders, shootings, that has been increasingly common in Whitehorse since 2015, when the Liberals took over.

Come on people - Start thinking : You worded your comment so much better than I did, or could have done.

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Joe on Sep 27, 2022 at 8:18 pm

@woodcutter... words do not equate actions. It’s obvious political lines are blurred and liberal means nothing. In particular, the local and federal liberal governments have not acted in the way you describe, to the contrary they have been discriminatory, divisive and authoritarian. But you believe whatever you want.

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woodcutter on Sep 27, 2022 at 2:48 pm

Liberalism is a political and moral philosophy based on the rights of the individual, liberty, consent of the governed and equality before the law.[1][2][3] Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but they generally support private property, market economies, individual rights (including civil rights and human rights), liberal democracy, secularism, rule of law, economic and political freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion.

To much freedom for the likes of you? Move to the authoritarian regime of your choose, Putin needs cannon fodder like you.

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woodcutter on Sep 27, 2022 at 2:44 pm

@ counterpoint

lib·er·al·ism - willingness to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from one's own; openness to new ideas:
a political and social philosophy that promotes individual rights, civil liberties, democracy, and free enterprise:

I bet your a Putin lover as well. If you don't like Democracy I understand Russia, Iran, and north Korea will enjoy your sheep like perspective as well. Just an idea, however you probably are not open to new ideas.

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@seriously response on Sep 27, 2022 at 10:42 am

If you're mad at the Whitehorse Star for not covering stories that you think they should, you can contact the editor. The other news outlets in town are covering the case mentioned - but they screen their comments, or don't allow comments at all. Betcha that's why you're mad.
@Juniper - another thing to miss about the good old days is when people had to sit with pen and paper in order to write a letter to the editor. And then mail it. Now any goof with a phone or a keyboard can chirp away.

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Counterpoint - Your beliefs are not reality… They are perception! on Sep 25, 2022 at 4:48 pm

Dear Roy on Sep 23, 2022 at 2:13 pm:

There should never be any limits to criticism of the Liberals. Liberalism is the most destructive force known to “people kind” because it is the absence of forethought… Any thought at all really…

Put away your party politicking and examine the truth claims of your Liberal masters… A good serious hard look at their divisive actions…

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Come on people - Start thinking and let go of the propagandists dreams… on Sep 24, 2022 at 1:30 pm

At Rolf on Sep 23, 2022 at 5:27 pm & Reefer madness on Sep 23, 2022 at 5:22 pm:

Rolf massaging the truth… Nice redirect there Rolf. Perhaps whenever you post we can accept that you are Rolfing (massaging) the truth. Then we have Reefer Madness… Blazing the way to an alternate reality of a chemically dissociative reality… Escape From a Liberally Imposed Reality… A drug induced superficiality - The party of, Dude, Where’s My Car?!?!

Rolf, Juniper was not asserting that Whitehorse is actually hers. When you deliberately misrepresent someone’s words that is malicious intent - Stop it. Juniper was noting the decline of society under Liberal rule and the hypocrisy that follows with it - For example, increased levels of crime and violence that is being allowed by the Liberals to effect political change.

This destabilizes our democracy because although McPhee has been voted out by the will of the people her and her absentee saviour, Sandy Silver, have spit in the faces of polity with absolute contempt! This is the same contempt that the public is afforded with the licentiousness fostered and encouraged by this government - Drunk, stoned, criminal perpetrators, perpetrating crimes, with no consequences!

That’s right! No consequences - The WCC is simply a restating centre for the criminal assault being committed against the public. This is where they reconnect, regroup, and make plans for further criminal activity once released. FFS! It was often said by many, many inmates that there were more and better drugs within the overnight daycare centre than there are on the streets.

The system has always been corrupt but it always gets worse under Liberal regimes because they make it publicly known that there are no real consequences for violent criminal behaviour and its corollaries - Drug use, alcohol use, disturbing the peace, and Liberal apologists.

I agree with Juniper in her intent to communicate her frustration with the worsening social conditions under Liberal management…

I am greatly conflicted by the actions of the Grand Chief who in his/her/their pursuit of reconciliation is actually supporting an illegitimate, anti democratic governance in his support of McPhee - You would think that of all the leaders he would be more principled in this regard - One child sexually assaulted in any school is one too many - FFS!

The hypocrisy exhibited here in the Yukon and in Ottawa by our respective governments is a soul-crushing, dream-killing, despotism advance in the name of skin colour, genderisms, and other escapisms such as drug use…

All drug use is deadly - You’re just not able to see it. It kills millions every year… It is a very Liberal dys-ease. So Reefer Madness - quit Rolfing the truth… And Rolf, it seems like you may be using the Reefer to escape the madness of Liberalism… It explains your lack of cognitive flexibility!

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Observer on Sep 24, 2022 at 10:09 am

Totally agree with Where is the Deuling case, also not very much information on Victoria Gold not producing any water quality reports for over a year? They are good at taking up space on the last page of the WS with useful information but nothing in the paper on security payments, water quality, just does not make sense. Oh wait VG pays for that last page.

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Woodcutter on Sep 23, 2022 at 8:05 pm

The fault of the liberals? Lmfao of course it is. Get a grip fools. To turn a criminal act into a piece a political hit job, just displays how far the contards have sunk.

News flash, the old yukon had drugs, murders, disappearances and thefts as well, it just had half the population. While i love the Yukon and think its the best place in the world, i am not going to lie to myself and imagine that its a crime free, drug free, violence free zone in the world. It doesn't matter the political stripe of the people in the elected seats nearly as much as the behavior of the people and that's an individual responsibility.

Is this a tragedy? It certainly is. Could this have been avoided? Probably . Is this the 60% of the voters fault (who voted other than contard)? Diffently not.

On a side note this murder made it to the vancouver sun.

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'seriously' response on Sep 23, 2022 at 7:48 pm

'Seriously.'--It's a cover up. How long has it taken RCMP to even announce that the missing person's death was a homicide and papers all but forgot to even report that the two men were missing as they were missing for a significant amount of time. Whitehorse Star hasn't reported on the Deuling case AT ALL. Whitehorse Star is there to cover the news, regardless of what it is. Murders, child molesters, sexual assaults between teachers and students- cover it and let the public know.

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drum on Sep 23, 2022 at 5:58 pm

Jim Dillobaughs property?

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bonanzajoe on Sep 23, 2022 at 5:57 pm

Josey, and Juniper - you're both right.

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bonanzajoe on Sep 23, 2022 at 5:55 pm

@Politico on Sep 22, 2022. "Remember Harper was in power for 14 years and never solved the crime problem either!" From what I can remember, the Harper government did a much better job of it than the JT Libs. Most of Harper's criminal laws were repealed by the liberal judges. Those that weren't were repealed by JT's libs when they were elected.

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Rolf on Sep 23, 2022 at 5:27 pm

@Juniper It's never been your Whitehorse, people were never so shallow.

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Reefer madness on Sep 23, 2022 at 5:22 pm


Your selective memory is a tad embarrassing. You may recall we had a YP
Premier that was convicted of trafficking heroin.


Maybe turn off the Reefer Madness mentality and get with the times. Alcohol and tobacco are far more deadly than most street drug.

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seriously? on Sep 23, 2022 at 4:45 pm

There's a young man dead, and another missing. What on earth does the Deuling case have to do with it?

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Roy on Sep 23, 2022 at 2:13 pm


Is there no limit to how far you will stretch to blame all of society’s ills on the Liberal party?
You should do some self reflection. Your obsession is not healthy. This is just pure desperation.

Yeah the Liberals suck as a party. What that has to do with this story is at best conjecture and at worst is you being deplorable by shamelessly using any opportunity to bash the party you don’t support.

There will come a time when the Liberals are no longer in power. Something tells me the regular Star commenters will still blame their taxes and their stubbed toes on “the libs”

Get a grip. Step away from the computer. Go outside for a walk.
Then come back and criticize the Liberals when and where they deserve it.

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John on Sep 23, 2022 at 1:55 pm

@ Politico

Actually you are incorrect. YTG funds the RCMP - which is underfunded given the high level of crime, MV infractions, etc., etc.. So yes this government is responsible for the state of lawlessness we are experiencing.

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where's the Deuling case? on Sep 22, 2022 at 10:21 pm

While I can appreciate the RCMP's reporting of this event, how come both newspapers are totally silent about the Paul Deuling case? Public has a right to know, as they do about this homicide. Quit covering it up--both newspapers silent and only CBC posting one story.

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Josey Wales on Sep 22, 2022 at 9:22 pm

Hey Juniper...you are mostly correct.
Our once nice town better resembles east Vancouver, it sucks.
Certainly no liberal apologist, but the decomposition has been enabled a long time now, many different regimes.
This most recent turning of the compost pile, very much a Liberal thing in bed with the National Destruction Party.
The Liberal sycophants are a bigger issue than the political blowholes.
We can vote out the blowholes, but cannot reason with the unreasonable, cannot use logic on the illogical sheep.
Now factoring in said sycophants, decades of liberal judges, and political correctness on steroids ages ago helped set the rot.
So using that metric you are 100 % correct, if directed at the “root cause” vs the harvesters of sorrow, the team Emperor Blackface stands for politically.
The blowholes are just the talking heads of a caustic ideology that flare up, the masses chugging the Cherry Kool Aid are the herpes.

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Mike on Sep 22, 2022 at 6:17 pm

Please keep in mind that Mr. Aiken had 6 children and comments are being read by them. So please leave the investigating to the investigators instead of the assumption committee that voices their opinions without any concern about who the man was and how he died. Thank you

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Politico on Sep 22, 2022 at 5:32 pm

@ Juniper - Just to remind you Juniper that there were murders in the Yukon long before Liberals arrived. Blaming a death on them just shows the depth of your prejudice. Also remember that the RCMP, not the Liberals are supposed to solve murders in the Yukon but don't seem to be doing a very good job of it, or is that also the Liberals fault. Remember Harper was in power for 14 years and never solved the crime problem either!

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Juniper Jackson on Sep 22, 2022 at 3:58 pm

The new Whitehorse has developed this dirty underbelly of drugs, crime, and..unfortunately..death. I miss my Whitehorse of pre-Liberal days.

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