Tragedy At Yellow Quill Still Under RCMP Scrutiny
Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 15:25
The RCMP say their investigation into the suspected freezing deaths of two girls on the Yellow Quill First Nation is continuing.
The Mounties say that, while several investigators from their Major Crimes unit in Regina and the Yorkton detachment are involved, no charges have been laid.
According to an RCMP release, it is expected the investigation will take several days to complete before any decisions are made regarding what, if any, charges may be laid.
The father of the two girls remains in hospital, recovering from frostbite and hypothermia.
The Mounties say he was found outside early Tuesday morning, but only notified hospital staff eight hours later that his girls were missing.
The RCMP say it appears he was inebriated when he was found.
Autopsies on the bodies of three-year-old Kaydance Pauchay and one-year-old Santana Pauchay will be conducted tomorrow.
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine has offered his condolences to the family and the community, and says he wishes to express the AFN’s “collective shock, sadness and profound sense of loss for the tragic deaths”.