A drunk 14-year-old boy was found lying unconscious in Pioneer Cemetery on Friday night.
The boy doesn’t remember how he ended up passing out or who abandoned him, said RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Don Rogers.
The Whitehorse youth was found under a foot of snow and he was partially unclothed, said a police news release.
Temperatures were around minus eight degrees Celsius when he was found.
Nobody knows how long he was left outside.
Two members of Citizens on Patrol, a volunteer crime watch group who monitor the streets by car, spotted the boy lying in the snow at around 10:20 p.m.
He was taken to Whitehorse General Hospital and treated.
It’s not clear what injuries he sustained in the incident. The hospital did not return calls before press time.
He was subsequently released to a parent after staying at the hospital.
Normally, if a parent is involved in negligence, they can be charged by police, said Rogers.
But in this case, the parents were not directly responsible for their son’s behaviour.
And it’s not clear who left the boy to freeze in the snow.
A person who was with the boy that night has been identified, said Rogers.
However, the 14-year-old’s memory is too hazy and he isn’t co-operating enough to continue an investigation, he said.
“The investigation wasn’t going anywhere,” he said. (James Munson)