No news on Nanemahoo

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

A few more details surfaced last week on the death of Francis Nanemahoo, whose body was found in Sawridge Creek on June 20. However none of them were from his autopsy or toxicology report. And even when those do finally show up, they are unlikely to shed much light on how he ended up in the creek.

Nanemahoo, 28, was last seen about 3 p.m. on June 13. On June 20, a Saturday, two kayakers were taking advantage of the high water in the creek for a paddle through town. They came across a body about 100 metres downstream from the railway bridge near downtown Slave Lake. They were able to inform a search party that was operating in the area.

RCMP Staff Sgt. John Spaans says it’s likely Nanemahoo entered the deep and fast-flowing creek at the bridge, and was swept downstream. But did he fall in or was he pushed?

Sawridge Creek is normally a tame little thing, with a lazy current and seldom more than three feet deep. But recent heavy rains had swollen it considerably. Looking for missing people in such conditions is “dangerous and difficult,” Spaans he says.

The RCMP is asking anyone who may have seen or spoken to Nanemahoo between June 13 and 20 to come forward.

Francis Nanemahoo

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