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Teenager Cody Dempster was found unresponsive in this alley on May 3, 2011. Police are hoping tips from the public will help solve the case. - NNSL file photo

Foul play suspected in death
Police seek public's help in Cody Dempster case

Galit Rodan
Northern News Services
Published Friday, May 4, 2012

Nearly one year after the death of 16-year-old Cody Dempster, Yellowknife RCMP issued a news release asking the public for help with the still-active investigation.

The teenager was found unresponsive in an alley between 48 and 49 streets near Boston Pizza on May 3 last year and was pronounced dead at Stanton Territorial Hospital.

"Investigating members suspect that foul play led to the untimely death of Cody," said Sgt. Wes Heron Wednesday.

Yesterday marked a year since Dempster's death.

Heron wouldn't comment on what factors had led police to these suspicions, saying such information "may jeopardize any further investigation or court process."

Dempster was sent for an autopsy and toxicology tests and NWT Chief Coroner Cathy Menard has completed her own investigation, but the results will not be released until the police investigation is complete.

"Because the death is still being treated suspiciously and we're assisting (the RCMP), we don't release any investigation when the RCMP are dealing with a suspicious death," said Menard.

Heron said G Division officers are renewing appeals for the public's help.

"Individuals who know anything and they felt that they didn't want to get involved for whatever reason ... we're encouraging them to call. Call the RCMP here in Yellowknife. Or if they want to remain anonymous they can call Crime Stoppers, which would be a very decent thing for people who may have additional information to give us a call," said Heron.

He said the case will stay open, to be reviewed periodically by investigators, as long as it is still unresolved.

For the time being, however, the investigation is still active, "alive and well and ongoing," he said.

Dempster's father, Lorne Dempster, declined comment.

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