Winnipeg police locate body in city's West End
A disturbing discovery on Aug. 10, 2016 for a man who found a body in a West End garbage bin.
The man, who only wanted to be identified as Tony, made the shocking find while visiting a friend at an apartment complex at McGee Street and Ellice Avenue.
Tony said his friend detected a foul smell coming from the garbage bin in a parking lot behind the building.
"I'm basically saying, ‘That's crazy talk,’ kind of thing. And I go and I say, 'Oh my god, there is a leg,'" said Tony.
“My friend’s granddad took a look with me, and that’s when we made the discovery.”
When Tony looked inside at around 8:30 p.m. he found the body wrapped in a garbage bag and blankets and called Winnipeg police.
“I said, ‘You’ve got to come here, bring the homicide unit, bring forensic, bring the whole crew down – you’ve got to bring everyone here. You’ve got to do something. This can’t be like this.”
Police had the area taped off on Aug.10, 2016.
Detectives and the forensic identification unit were still on scene the following day, but at this point police aren't saying how the body ended up in the bin.
"The investigation is so early on that we're still piecing that together," said Pat.-Sgt. Andree Huberdeau.
While investigators try and find out what happened, Tony said he worries for his own safety in the neighbourhood, but not just because a body was found.
“You don’t want to go out past six or seven at night because it gets crazy,” said Tony. “Two days ago, we had a SWAT team over here. It’s like one thing after another leads to another.”
Investigators aren't saying whether the victim a man or a woman.
An autopsy was conducted and police expect to release more information in the coming days.
Anyone with information on the investigation is asked to call the homicide unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS.