On May 5, Toronto Police Services provided an update on the body found in a construction site dumpster in the Rosedale neighbourhood confirming the person was a young girl possibly between the ages of four and seven.
The girl is described as “Black, African or mixed African descent,” by Deterctive Sergeant Renee Foley, from 53 Division who was on hand to provide a the media update alongside Inspector Hank Idsinga from Homicide and Missing Persons Unit. The girl was 3’6″ with a thin build. She has all of her teeth, and black curly hair sectioned in four short pony tails two of which were braided and secured with black and blue elastic bands.
The investigation stems from a 9-1-1 call received by police on Monday, May 2 at 4:46 p.m.
Police released images of two items (shown below) close to where the child was found to the public in hopes “that someone will recognize them and help identify who this little girl is”
Although she was believed to have been placed in the dumpster sometime between April 28 and May 2, the forensic pathologist on the case believes she may have been deceased as early as last summer.
Idsinga said the first priority is to identify the girl.
“We are investigating this death at the highest level, just like a homicide investigation,” said Idsinga. “And we have investigative assets in place to deal with wherever the investigation takes us.”
The cause of death has still not been determine, as the forensic pathology report is not yet finalized.
“The investigative mindset is kids don’t just die,” added Idsinga. “We’ve got multiple units involved, homicide investigative response team as well as the Missing Persons Unit.”
The victim was found at a construction site near the corner of Castle Frank Road and Dale Avenue. She was wrapped in a crochet blanket inside a plastic bag.
Information can be passed on to police by calling 416-808-5300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or at www.222tips.com.