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Tribal council says young B.C. man living in care dies; coroner launches probe

PORT ALBERNI, B.C. — A tribal council on central Vancouver Island says a young man who was living under the protection of its child-welfare agency has died.

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council did not released the name, age or location of the man's death in a news release issued on Thursday.

Barb McLintock of the BC Coroners Service says it was called to a private residence Wednesday morning in Port Alberni where an 18-year-old male was found dead.

The tribal council has confirmed the youth was under the care of Usma Family and Child Services.

The council's website says Usma's mission is to help parents, families and communities protect their children from abuse and neglect.

McLintock says the death is under investigation, and the tribal council says it's providing support to the man's immediate family.

The Canadian Press

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