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

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

Toronto police said on Thursday that the body, found Monday in an affluent neighborhood, belonged to a young black girl, believed to be between the ages of four and seven.

Homicide investigators have been assigned to the case, citing descriptions of the child with missing persons cases across the country, but acknowledging that the child may not have been reported missing.

“Our first priority now is to establish the identity of this little girl. The investigators will leave no stone unturned,” Insp Hank Idsinga told reporters. “Children don’t just die.”

An autopsy was performed on Wednesday, but police have not yet determined the cause of death.

According to the police, the degree of decomposition suggests that the girl could have died as early as last summer.

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

According to the police, the girl was of African or mixed African descent, was 1.2 meters tall and of a slender build. She had four short ponytails, two of which were braided and tied with blue and black elastics.

Investigators suspect her body was left at the construction site, a location near a highway and near an apartment complex, between April 28 and May 2. Although no cameras are aimed directly at the dumpster, police have begun collecting video footage from the area.

Toronto Mayor John Tory called the discovery an “unspeakable tragedy” and called on anyone who would recognize the blankets or know a girl who fits police descriptions to come forward.

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

Idsinga said researchers wouldn’t stop until they have answers.

“We’ll get to the bottom of it, whatever it takes.”

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