Carmacks man found dead

A Carmacks man was found dead in the Yukon River, Tuesday evening. Robert Shorty, 42, was discovered floating in a shallow part of the river just eight minutes after a search-and-rescue team was deployed Tuesday evening.

A Carmacks man was found dead in the Yukon River, Tuesday evening.

Robert Shorty, 42, was discovered floating in a shallow part of the river just eight minutes after a search-and-rescue team was deployed Tuesday evening.

Shorty was last seen Sunday afternoon, but a missing persons report wasn’t filed until Tuesday.

His ball cap and lighter were found on a steep, slippery embankment in Carmacks, said RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Don Rogers.

Shorty’s body was discovered just 3.5 kilometres downriver from that location.

There is nothing to suggest Shorty’s death is a suicide and foul play is not suspected, said Rogers.

An autopsy is taking place Friday, but Shorty did not have any visible signs of being hit or injured, said Sharon Hanley, the Yukon’s chief coroner.

“We’re not sure (if there’s another injury,)” said Hanley. “We’ll wait to see what the autopsy says.” (James Munson)

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