Homeless man’s death likely not suspicious

Leader staff

A man has died in a homeless encampment in Slave Lake. It does not appear to be suspicious.

Information has been released by both the RCMP and the Town of Slave Lake, which runs the homeless shelter.

Slave Lake RCMP responded to a request for medical assistance at 5:50 a.m. on Monday, December 4.

The RCMP news release says, “Upon arrival, RCMP located a 61-year-old deceased male from the Slave Lake area in a self-made shelter. Fire damage was observed within the shelter and Lesser Slave Lake Regional Fire Services were contacted and a fire investigator attended the scene.”

The RCMP continue to work with fire investigators, but initial investigations suggests this was “non-suspicious.”

The Town of Slave Lake has taken over running the Slave Lake homeless shelter.

A social media post clarifies the location as a “homeless encampment between the former Sunset Place and Highway #2.”

The post further adds, “This tragedy highlights the ongoing need in our community for a homeless shelter and improved access to support services. We wish to thank the province, through their efforts to financially support our municipally operated homeless shelter, to allow our community to provide expanded service to this vulnerable population 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Although the use of our services is completely voluntary, our staff along with other non-profits and religious organizations in town continue to reach out to those requiring assistance and are committed to help.

“Lastly, our council and administration will continue to advocate for expanded mental health resources and support, as well as connections to detox and treatment facilities for all our community members with the various levels of government. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of the victim, and the emergency responders involved in the call this morning.”

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