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RCMP probe deaths in Whitehorse home

Jan. 30, 2012, Whitehorse – The RCMP say they do not suspect foul play in the deaths of five people, including two school-age children, at a home in a Whitehorse suburb.

January 30, 2012
By The Canadian Press

Jan. 30, 2012, Whitehorse – The RCMP say they do not suspect foul play in
the deaths of five people, including two school-age children, at a home
in a Whitehorse suburb.

Police and the Yukon Coroner's Service are investigating the deaths of the children, their parents and a male boarder in the home in Porter Creek.

The bodies were found by a family friend who had gone to check on the house Sunday morning.

Firefighters first entered the house using breathing apparatus, but later deemed the equipment unnecessary.

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Without giving any details of the probable cause of death, Sgt. Dan Rogers said the five likely died sometime during the last five days.

"The exact timeline is still being determined but we're confident it occurred sometime between Wednesday and Sunday," he said.

One of the children was in Grade 6 at Holy Family Elementary in Porter Creek, while the other was in Grade 8 at Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Riverdale.

Holy Family Principal Ted Hupe said his school's critical response program went into effect Sunday night when teachers were told of the situation.

Both schools held prayer vigils for the children on Monday.

The names of the victims were not immediately released.