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BODY OF MISSING TRAPPER FOUND

CP

May 11, 2004

FORT CHIPEWYAN, Alta. (CP) -- The body of a trapper missing in northern Alberta was pulled out of Lake Athabasca on Monday by his family and friends.

Napoleon Wanderingspirit, 59, had disappeared under the ice April 30.

Friends believe the lifelong Fort Chipewyan resident had a seizure and drowned.

``He was a happy guy,'' said Larry Paquette, Wanderingspirit's brother-in-law. ``He got sick 15 years ago and his mind wasn't right after that. He took seizures.

``He didn't go into the bush this year, but he wanted to go down when the water opened.''

Paquette and Wanderingspirit were friends for about 50 years.

``He was never a quitter. He was strong. He could pack three medium-sized beaver like nothing.''

Wanderingspirit enjoyed the trapper's life and the traditional values that came with living off the land, Paquette said.

``That's what he liked, the traditional life. He liked to walk and shoot and work hard, but he enjoyed it.''

Wanderingspirit's body was found about 225 metres from the shore. No foul play is suspected, said RCMP Const. Tamara Ford.

Police and fire department officials called off the search for Wanderingspirit three days after he was seen falling through the Lake Athabasca ice. His friends and family, however, organized their own search.

Wanderingspirit was single and had no children.

CP 2004

 


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