Mississauga body parts search to continue into Sunday
Police search teams continued to scour a park in Mississauga on Saturday where human body parts were discovered in the past few days.
A team of 30 to 50 officers were expanding their search area Saturday in hopes of finding the remaining human remains, said Const. George Tudos of Peel Regional Police.
A right foot was found by hikers in Hewick Meadows Park on Wednesday and police found the severed head a day later.
On Friday, two hands were found in the Credit River, which flows through the park.
Police have yet to confirm the body parts are from one person.
But investigators believe the remains are female because the foot had yellow painted toes. Decomposition has prevented them from determining the woman's age or ethnicity.
``The body parts have possibly travelled or if not, have been in the water for some time,'' he said.
``It does make it difficult to determine race, colour or any other markings.''
The remains have been handed over to the Ontario Coroner.
Police have been using a dive team and cadaver dogs from the Ontario Provincial Police to aid in their search along the river banks, in the water and in the wooded areas.
It will take at least a few days before this search is completed, Tudos said.
``The area we're searching is pretty dense,'' he said. ``It is rough terrain.''
The police teams were to stay in the park until dark and resume their efforts Sunday.
Tudos says identifying this person is the first priority.
Investigators are combing through missing persons cases in the region and are asking the public to come forward with any information.
Parts of the park remains cordoned off to the public until further notice.
In summer months, the park is well used for running, cycling, fishing and kayaking.
Jenny Tao lives down the street from the park and says she doesn't feel unsafe in her neighbourhood because of the recent grisly discovery.
``This is not people who live here (who) did this,'' said 45-year-old Tao, who was walking by with her son.
``If some people want to drop off something here, what can we do?''
(The Canadian Press)