Onion Lake man found dead near St. Walburg, police suspect foul play

RCMP are investigating after a body was found west of St. Walburg on Tuesday. Police say the deceased is Tyrell Shane Lee Littlewolfe, 24, from Onion Lake Cree Nation.

Police say the death is suspicious and suspect foul play.

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According to RCMP, on Sept. 1 at about 11:40 a.m. St. Walburg RCMP received a report of a body on Range Road 3253 north west of St. Walburg.

RCMP and EMS confirmed the man was deceased when they arrived on scene.

Police secured the scene and requested the coroner and additional RCMP resources from North Battleford Forensic Identification Services and Major Crimes Unit North to assist with the investigation.

An autopsy is being done in Saskatoon on Sept. 3.

Police are asking anyone who was in contact with Tyrell Shane Lee Littlewolfe between Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 2020, to call the RCMP at 306-710-7267 (RCMP) or their local police service.

Any information is valuable and can assist police with determining the circumstances of his death and help to identify the person(s) responsible.

Information can also be submitted anonymously through Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or submitting a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

The investigation is ongoing.

More violence shakes Onion Lake

There have been more violent incidents on Onion Lake Cree Nation and surrounding area.

On Aug. 29, at about 8:45 p.m., Onion Lake RCMP received a report that a man was shot near a business on the east side of Onion Lake First Nation. The 35-year-old man suffered from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to hospital in Lloydminster for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Officers received information that the individuals allegedly responsible for the shooting fled the scene in a silver four-door car. The silver-four door car was later located engulfed in flames in the Maidstone, Sask., area by the Maidstone RCMP.

In another incident RCMP arrested three people July 29 after a shooting on Onion Lake Cree Nation. The suspects allegedly then went 30 kilometres south to Lloydminster and tried carjacking two vehicles at gunpoint after crashing their vehicle. They were able to steal a truck from an individual in their third carjacking attempt and fired shots at the driver of one of the vehicles. RCMP in Alberta and Saskatchewan started two pursuits but called off both over public safety concerns. At one point the suspect vehicle drove into oncoming traffic on in the westbound lanes on Hwy 16, a four-lane divided highway. Around 7 p.m. Maidstone, Sask. RCMP got a call about a stolen truck near the junction of Hwy 16 and Hwy 303.

In January 2020 the body of Braeden Alfred James Sparvier was found east of St. Walburg in the R.M. of Frenchman Butte. Onion Lake RCMP and specialized RCMP units assisted in the investigation, which determined that Sparvier’s death was a homicide. An arrest was made. 

Alson in January 2020, the body of Braden Bull, 32, was found on Onion Lake Cree Nation a short distance off Hwy 797. Bull was reported missing on Jan. 17. Saskatchewan RCMP Provincial General Investigation Section is investigating, along with several RCMP units including Onion Lake RCMP.

State of emergency

OLCN declared a state of emergency Jan. 22, 2020, after a string of gang-related violence and drug activity.

The RCMP Crime Reduction Team was sent to Onion Lake Cree Nation Aug. 12 to 16 to fight gang activity and made several arrests.

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