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Investigation continues into death of young Nain woman

Tama Bennett, 23, was found deceased in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Nov. 15.
Tama Bennett, 23, was found deceased in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Nov. 15. The cause of death in the case has not yet been determined. - Facebook photo

Cause of death not yet confirmed

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. —

A cause of death has yet to be determined in the death of Tama Bennett, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for Newfoundland and Labrador.

In an emailed statement on Dec. 2, the office confirmed an autopsy has been performed on the body of the young woman from Nain and the cause of death is pending.

Bennett, 23, was found deceased on Nov. 15 in a wooded area in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Later that day the RCMP issued a statement the death did not appear to be suspicious.

The speed at which the RCMP delivered this determination is a concern to some, including the Nunatsiavut government (NG). The Inuit government has asked for an inquiry to the handling of the investigation, referencing the inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

The RCMP issued another statement Nov. 19  noting it is aware of concerns into the cause of death. "The RCMP will continue, as a matter of practice and investigative protocol, to conduct a detailed and thorough investigation giving consideration to all available evidence.”

They also asked anyone with information on the case to contact them.


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