Police call off Taloyoak search after searchers find body
Putuguk Jayko, 52, last seen Nov. 15
Searchers in Taloyoak appear to have found the body of a Taloyoak man, Putuguk Jayko, 52, who was last seen Nov. 15.
They found human remains not far from the Kitikmeot community’s airport in the late afternoon of Nov. 23, the RCMP said Nov. 24.
Police turned the investigation over to the Nunavut coroner for a positive identification of the body.
“The RCMP has notified the family of Mr. Jayko of the discovery,” police said.
Police first learned Nov. 17 that Jayko had not been seen for two days.
Volunteer search teams started a ground search Nov. 17 for Jayko, who had headed from Taloyoak two days earlier for a cabin about 6.5 kilometres away from town.
“The blizzard like conditions Thursday and Friday, with -30 Celsius wind chill temperatures, heightened the necessity to find Mr. Jayko,” the RCMP news release said.
Early Nov. 18, searchers found Jayko’s snowmobile between the cabin and town.
Volunteer searchers found the human remains Nov. 23 at about 4:30 p.m., about 1.5 km from the airport.
“The Taloyoak RCMP members would like to thank the local search volunteers that exceeded 20 members at times for their tenacious effort and long hours in grueling temperatures,” the news release said.
“Community members who provided food, supplies, the oversight from the Hamlet office and Nunavut emergency management, all have appreciated your assistance.”