The chief of the Hatchet Lake First Nation is confirming that a man who was found dead under suspicious circumstances in La Ronge yesterday is a member of his community.

The RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit is looking into the death of the victim, who’s body was found at a business in downtown La Ronge.

Chief Bart Tsannie says the victim had a disability and often travelled south for medical appointments.

“He’s handicapped. So I guess he goes out for a lot of medicals, so he travels in and out of Wollaston. He’s on the road quite a few times.”

Tsannie says the victim is about 50 years of age and has spent his entire life in Hatchet Lake.

“It’s a small community and everybody knows each other. When you lose a member in a small community, it does affect all the other members.  It’s really hard on them, especially the family.”

Mounties received word of the man’s death at around 11:30 yesterday morning.

The cause of death has not been released.  Tsannie says he hasn’t heard what the cause was, either.

RCMP from Prince Albert and the Chief Coroner’s office are also involved in the investigation.