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‘Use social media cautiously,’ say police as manhunt continues

As police in Yellowknife continue to search for escaped prisoner Denecho King, officials are asking the public to use social media cautiously as it may interfere with their investigation.

The 23-year-old remains unlawfully at large after escaping from the North Slave Correctional Centre on Wednesday morning.

King is considered dangerous to the public, having previously been charged with murder and attempted murder.

RCMP Insp. Matt Peggs says police are following up on numerous leads in the hunt for alleged killer Denecho King.
RCMP Insp. Matt Peggs says police are following up on multiple tips in the hunt for Denecho King.

On Friday morning, police reiterated that they are still actively searching for the escaped prisoner.

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As their investigation continues, the Mounties are asking residents to be wary of anything they see online pertaining to the apprehension of King.

Police are also asking the public to refrain from posting any police activity on social media so that their investigation isn’t compromised.

“The RCMP will advise when King has been apprehended,” read an RCMP statement issued Friday.

“We have a media team available to put out a press release as soon as it has been confirmed King is in custody.”

Yellowknife detachment spokesperson Marie York-Condon added: “We understand the public’s need for information on the status of Denecho King being unlawfully at large.

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“We pledge to release to the media, and thus the public, an update should King be apprehended, as soon as possible.”

On Thursday, RCMP Insp. Matt Peggs, the Yellowknife detachment commander, told reporters every available officer in Yellowknife is being used in the search for King.

He also warned that anyone knowingly withholding information about his whereabouts could face charges.

Meanwhile, police provided additional physical descriptions for King Friday.

They include:

  • A tattoo on his upper left forearm that appears to be some kind of writing in a line on the inside of his forearm closer to his elbow
  • Another tattoo on his upper right forearm, also on inside of forearm closer to the elbow
  • Visible scarring on the left pectoral muscle

King’s physical description is:

  • 23 years old
  • 5ft 8in tall
  • 150 lbs approximately in weight
  • Medium build
  • Dark hair and dark eyes
  • Light facial hair (mustache)
  • Short crew cut hair

If you know anything about King’s whereabouts, or see anything suspicious, contact Yellowknife RCMP at (867) 669-1111 or call the detachment’s tip line at (867) 765-3956.

You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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