Head, foot found in Mississauga park 0
A severed head has been found near where a human foot was located Wednesday in the Credit River, police say. (JENNY YUEN/QMI Agency)
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - A severed head has been found near where a human foot was located in the Credit River just west of Toronto, police say, and they are looking for more missing limbs.
Peel Regional Police said the discovery of the decomposing head was found in a Mississauga, Ont., park shortly after noon Thursday. The body parts belong to a woman and foul play is obviously suspected.
"We have located the severed head of a female," Acting Insp. Randy Cowan said.
"We will be taking our direction from the coroner and continue our search. We'll be looking for the entire victim."
Hikers at Hewick Meadows Park found a right human foot floating in the river around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The head was found roughly 1 km upstream from where the foot was located, Cowan said.
Police are not releasing details on the description of the severed head, including race.
"We can't confirm (the two body parts are connected)," he said. "That will have to be done through scientific testing, but common sense tells us this is most likely related."
The decomposition of the body parts suggest they weren't in the river for months. Likely, the longest would be several weeks, Cowan said.
The size of the remains suggest they do not belong to a small child, police said.
The coroner was called shortly after the head was found.
"We don't have a cause of death and without a cause of death, we can't call it a homicide," Cowan said.
Police are hoping that releasing specifics detail of the yellow nail polish on the toenails of the foot will help bring in tips to identify the woman.
There was no footwear or clothing covering the foot, police added.
Cadaver dogs, dive teams and the marine unit are combing the area.
"We have to take into account the amount of the rain, the flow of the river ... we don't know if these items are placed there or washed away from another site," Cowan said.
Hewick Meadows Park is an expansive area bounded by highway traffic and residential homes.
While residents should be more alert of any suspicious discoveries they find in this neighbourhood, police said they shouldn't be concerned they're in danger.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Peel homicide and missing persons bureau at 905-453-3311, ext. 3205, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.