6 months later, still no charges laid in Rankin Inlet boy's homicide

The body of 12-year-old Ray (O.J.) Taparti Jr. was found on July 8 in an industrial area of town in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.

12-year-old’s remains found in industrial area of town in July

The body of Ray Taparti Jr., who also went by the name O.J., was found in an industrial area of town on July 8. (CBC)

No charges have been laid in the murder of a 12-year-old boy in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, last summer.

The body of Ray Taparti Jr., who also went by the name O.J., was found in an industrial area of town on July 8. Police deemed his death a homicide soon after.

In a news release on Tuesday, RCMP said the investigation continues, with its Major Crimes Unit working the case.

"The RCMP is renewing the request for public assistance for any information relating to this death," the statement said.

When Taparti's family reported that O.J. was missing to police on July 7, they said he had been missing for about five days. Search and rescue found his remains the next day.

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to contact the Nunavut Major Crime Unit toll free at 1-844-370-7729 or anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), submitting a secure web tip at www.nwtnutips.com or text 'NWTNUTIPS' plus your message to 274637(CRIMES). 


  • Due to incorrect information provided to CBC by RCMP, a previous version of the story stated that Taparti was 11 years old when he died. He was in fact 12.
    Oct 08, 2018 8:40 AM CT
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