‘Ottawa’ Police Ask for Public’s Help in Retracing Steps of Inuit Artist Found Dead
Ottawa police are asking for the public’s help in tracing the movements of Annie Pootoogook, a 46-year-old Inuit artist whose body was found in Lowertown earlier this week.
Pootoogook’s body was discovered Monday at about 8:50 a.m. in the water close to Bordeleau Park in Lowertown.
Police do not consider her death to be suspicious or a homicide, said Const. Marc Soucy. “We just want to recreate her final moments.”
Soucy said an autopsy was performed, but police are not releasing a cause of death. It is unclear where she was last seen.
Pootoogook’s artwork is in the collection of the National Gallery. The acclaimed artist, originally from Cape Dorset, Nunavut, had spent much of her life recently trying to overcome addiction and the hardships of living life on the street. Although her artwork was shown in local galleries, Pootoogook said her life had spiralled out of control.