The partially clad, frozen body of a 30-year-old Northwest Territories man was discovered Sunday near a snowmobile trail in Behchoko, RCMP said Tuesday.
David Tlokka of Behchoko, about 100 kilometres northwest of Yellowknife, left a trail in the snow that suggested he staggered across Marion Lake, wandered into the bush and finally collapsed beside the trail, RCMP Sgt. Francis Cullen said in an interview Tuesday.
Alcohol was likely a factor, he said.
"We could smell liquor on his clothing. The pattern, or his trail if you will, that we followed — on numerous occasions he had fallen into the snow.
"He appeared to be either disorientated or under the influence of alcohol or something else." Some of Tlokka's clothing was found scattered around his body, which police say suggests he succumbed to hypothermia.
An autopsy will be conducted.
This story breaks my heart. So young to meet a death like this. So close to home for me because this is where we just left, Behchoko. The skidoo trail they are taking about on Marion Lake is the trail I have taken many pictures of. I could see it clearly from my front window. Chances are if we were still there I may not have seen him, but I for sure would have seen the RCMP when they found him. Although I cannot put a face to him, I'm sure I would have seen him in the community, probably at the Northern. Such a shame. Such a waste of a young life. My heart goes out to his family.