AR-News: AB - Body of missing trapper found

joe miele jmmiele at
Tue May 11 19:27:20 EDT 2004

Body of missing trapper found


May 11, 2004

FORT CHIPEWYAN, Alta. (CP) -- The body of a trapper missing in northern
Alberta was pulled out of Lake Athabasca on Monday by his family and
Napoleon Wanderingspirit, 59, had disappeared under the ice April 30.
Friends believe the lifelong Fort Chipewyan resident had a seizure and

``He was a happy guy,'' said Larry Paquette, Wanderingspirit's
brother-in-law. ``He got sick 15 years ago and his mind wasn't right after
that. He took seizures.
``He didn't go into the bush this year, but he wanted to go down when the
water opened.''

Paquette and Wanderingspirit were friends for about 50 years.

``He was never a quitter. He was strong. He could pack three medium-sized
beaver like nothing.''

Wanderingspirit enjoyed the trapper's life and the traditional values that
came with living off the land, Paquette said.

``That's what he liked, the traditional life. He liked to walk and shoot and
work hard, but he enjoyed it.''

Wanderingspirit's body was found about 225 metres from the shore. No foul
play is suspected, said RCMP Const. Tamara Ford.

Police and fire department officials called off the search for
Wanderingspirit three days after he was seen falling through the Lake
Athabasca ice. His friends and family, however, organized their own search.

Wanderingspirit was single and had no children.

© CP 2004

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