RCMP officers distribute posters in effort to locate missing man

January 6, 2017

News release


Missing poster of James Kunuk with picture and text.

Whitehorse RCMP officers are putting up posters throughout the city in hopes of finding a man who has not been seen since October 2016.

James David Kunuk, 34, was reported missing in December by his landlord. He was last seen in the Whitehorse area in early October.

Mr. Kunuk is originally from Inuvik, Northwest Territories, and is described as being 5 foot 10 inches tall (178 cm) and weighs between 180 and 210 lbs (82 to 95 kg). He has black hair and brown eyes, and tattoos of "THUG" and "LIFE" on his left and right forearms. He is sometimes known as James or Jay Springgay.

"The family of James Kunuk continues to be concerned for his well-being," says Constable Kelly Manweiller of the Whitehorse RCMP General Investigation Section. "He did not call home around his birthday in mid-December or over the holidays, which is very unusual for him. If anyone has information that could help us find James or has had any contact with him since early October, please let us know. "

"Please Jay, come home," says Florence Springgay, Mr. Kunuk's mother. "If anyone has any information on Jay's whereabouts, please contact the RCMP. We have no idea where he is. Any information you might have could help us find him."

Mr. Kunuk has previous ties to both Vancouver and the Northwest Territories, however he has not surfaced in either location.

Whitehorse RCMP can be reached at 867-667-5555.

Tips on Mr. Kunuk's location can also be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at http://www.crimestoppersyukon.ca.


Contact information

Yukon RCMP Media Relations
4100 4th Avenue
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 1H5
867-667-5574 or 867-633-9330

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