Yukon RCMP were called to an address in downtown Whitehorse, where Stephanie Pye, age 36, of Watson Lake, YT, was found deceased on April 6th 2022.
The Yukon Coroner’s Service determined that Ms. Pye died as a result of an opioid overdose. The investigation continued, which led to the arrest of a man for trafficking, and possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance in April 2022.
On March 29, 2023, Jared Skookum, age 32 years old, from Whitehorse, YT, has also been arrested directly in relation to this death, in addition to the earlier charges. Skookum has been charged with Manslaughter.
This is the first opioid overdose death investigation that has lead to a manslaughter charge in Yukon.