Police have launched a massive ground and air search of a park in Mississauga, just outside Toronto, searching for more body parts after a woman's severed head and foot were found.
The Toronto Star says hikers found a right foot, severed at the ankle, floating in the water near the bank of the Credit River on Wednesday. Peel Police Insp. Randy Cowan says it appears the foot was amputated "fairly recently."
The head was found on the bank of the Credit River, by police searching the area, the next day, about a kilometer from where the foot was found.
Cowan tells the Toronto Star that it appears the victim was an adult and DNA tests are being conducted to confirm that the body parts are from the same person, but he adds, “common sense tells us this is most likely related.” “Without a cause of death we can’t call it homicide, but certainly foul play, there’s definitely something amiss.”
Dozens of police officers continue to search the Hewick Meadows Park in Mississauga, using hockey sticks with the blades cut off, to go through the tall grass and bushes. At the same time, the Ontario Provincial Police helicopters are searching by air and the marine unit is scouring the waters of the Credit River. Cadaver dogs are also helping in the search. Cowan tells The Star, “We’ll be looking for the entire victim.”
At this point police can't say if the body parts were placed on the river banks or if they were carried by the water from some other part of the river.
Police are going through missing person reports right now to try to find a link.
In the meantime though, nearby residents are worried. The Star spoke with one woman who walks alone in the park often and reports Grace Hong gasped when told about the body parts. “That’s why I’m a little bit scared,” adding that she won't be visiting the park for a while.
CBC talked with one of the residents who lives right across from the park. Angela Elammar says, "It scared me a bit because my kids take our dogs walking there," adding they won't be doing that again "for a long time." And Sherine Ankle told the CBC, "It's upsetting, it's very upsetting." "It's sad we don't know who it is. It could have been us."