Fragments of NWT man found 29 years after his disappearance

An aerial shot of Great Bear Lake. (Supplied by GNWT.)
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The territory’s chief coroner has confirmed that human fragments found on an island on Great Bear Lake are those of Raymond Perrson, a man who went missing almost 30 years ago.

Last month, Norman Wells RCMP and the coroner’s office recovered the fragments and submitted them for DNA testing.

Perrson and another man, Montgomery Kenneth Yates, were on a weekend fishing trip in August of 1987 when they never made it home.

Following an extensive operation to find them, search and rescue efforts were called off after neither man was located.

Yates’s body was found the following summer, and police are now confirming that the fragments found last month are those of Raymond Perrson. Police say foul play is not suspected.

Perrson was well known in Norman Wells prior to his disappearance.  The community arena is even named after him in his honour.

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