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Story of Josephine Chakasim

Josephine Chakasim, 17, was from Moosonee, Ont. She went out for the night on April 21, 1977 and never returned home.


Her body was found in the water next to a railway track one day later. A coroner determined she had died of exposure and the Ontario Provincial Police closed the case. In October 2017, police announced they were reopening her case.


Det. Insp. Gilles Deparatto said they requested a review of the forensic pathology which said they could not rule out homicide. A case manager is expected to review persons of interest and DNA. Her family alleges that evidence in her case, including bruises and cuts on her body were originally overlooked because she was Indigenous.