We imagine police officers must sometimes make some startling and even horrific discoveries from time to time. That seems to have happened in Toronto on Monday, September 23 as police report that Toronto human remains were found in a garbage can. A building superintendent moved the bin and located what are thought to be remains.

UPDATE: A Toronto Police tweet at 4:40 p.m. on Monday confirmed that a deceased person had been found. The death is being treated as suspicious awaiting the coroner's report.

EARLIER: Toronto Police officers were called to the area of Harrison Garden Boulevard and Oakburn Crescent in North York after the strange discovery was made.

Toronto Police were called to the scene at around 8:42 a.m., said Const. Caroline de Kloet to Narcity.

De Kloet confirmed to Narcity that "it was a building superintendent who moved the garbage bin and located human remains. Circumstances are unknown."

Global News' crime reporter Catherine McDonald tweeted a thread from the scene. One tweet read: "A tenant who lives at 105 Harrison Garden Boulevard tells me her husband spoke to a building worker who said they discovered what appeared to be a leg in a dumpster."*

Mona Low, who was in the area when the discovery was made, told CP24 she saw three men sitting near the dumpsters this morning. "One of them looked like he had been crying. And he was being consoled by a person."

This isn't the first time human remains have been discovered and, unfortunately, it might not be the last.

A few months ago, Sudbury Police discovered a human skull that was tied to a missing person case from 1996. The identity of the remains was released after a post-mortem was conducted.

If this week's discovery is confirmed as human remains, that will most likely need to occur in this instance, too, before getting more information on who this happened to and why.

Back in May of 2019, too, in a pretty unexpected call, Hamilton Police responded to a break and entry at a home where human remains had been stolen.

According to CBC, investigators are waiting for the coroner to arrive. An update will come once more information is available.

*This article has been updated. Narcity will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.

This cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.


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