Body Of Second Youngster Found At Yellow Quill

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 14:46



RCMP searchers have found the body of the second of two young girls believed to have frozen to death on the Yellow Quill First Nation.


They found the body of a three-year-old girl in a field between her family’s residence and a neighbour’s home shortly before noon today – the same location they discovered her one-year-old sister yesterday.


It was initially believed the three-year-old was the girl discovered yesterday – but the RCMP say that it now appears the one-year-old was the first victim found.


According to the RCMP, both girls were wearing only a diaper and a top, but nothing on their legs or feet.


When factoring in windchill, temperatures in the region have hovered between -40 degrees Celsius and -50 degrees Celsius over the last couple of days.


The Mounties were first alerted to the fact the two girls were outside in the frigid temperatures almost 8 hours after their father, suffering from frostbite and hypothermia, was rescued from the elements in the same area.


Police say he also appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.


The RCMP say the authorities weren’t aware the children were missing until their father started asking about their condition at around 1:30 yesterday afternoon while receiving treatment at a hospital in Kelvington.


The Mounties say the man remains in hospital, and has been interviewed by police – but he hasn’t been able to provide missing details about the circumstances which led to the children being outside.