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.