Body of black girl found in dumpster in affluent Toronto neighborhood | Canada

Police in Canada are trying to identify a young black woman whose body was found in a Toronto dumpster, a grim discovery that has shaken the city and seasoned investigators investigating the case.

The Toronto Police Service announced Thursday that the body, discovered Monday in an affluent neighborhood, was that of a black girl, believed to be between four and seven years old.

Homicide investigators have been assigned to the case and are cross-checking descriptions of the boy with missing persons cases across the country, but acknowledge the boy may not have been reported missing.

“Our first priority now is to establish the identity of this child. Investigators will leave no stone unturned,” Inspector Hank Idsinga told reporters. “Children don’t just die.”

An autopsy was performed on Wednesday, but police have yet to determine the cause of death.

Police say the level of decomposition suggests the girl could have died as long ago as last summer.

Officers were called to a residential construction site in Rosedale, one of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods, on Monday. Agents found the girl’s body wrapped in a crocheted blanket inside a plastic bag, which was also wrapped in a blanket.

Police said the girl was of African or mixed descent, three-and-a-half feet tall and slim. She had four short pigtails, two of which were braided and tied with blue and black elastics.

Investigators believe her body was left at the construction site between April 28 and May 2, a location near a highway and near an apartment building. While there are no cameras directly in front of the dumpster, police have begun collecting video of the surrounding area.

Toronto Mayor John Tory called the discovery an “unspeakable tragedy” and asked anyone who might recognize the blankets or know of a girl matching the police description to come forward.

Residents had already turned the front of the property into a makeshift memorial for the boy. Some had placed flowers, another a card that said “Little one, we pray that heaven has dried your tears.”

Idsinga said investigators won’t stop until they have answers.

“We will get to the bottom of the matter, whatever it takes.”

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