Police say human remains discovered in a construction trash outside a vacant Rosedale home earlier this week were verified to be those of a four-year-old girl.
Late Monday afternoon, the remains were discovered in a garbage outside a residence on Dale Avenue north of Castle Frank Station.
An autopsy has now verified that the remains belong to a girl aged four to seven, according to police.
Investigators suspect the remains were dumped in the dumpster between Thursday at 12 p.m. and Monday at 4:45 p.m.
Police, however, say the girl may have been deceased as of last summer, or perhaps even earlier.
“We have the best investigators in the Toronto Police Service working this case with everything they’ve got and so we will identify this little girl and we will be doing all the work that we can for her,” Insp. Hank Idsinga told reporters during a news conference on Thursday morning.
Police haven’t formally classified the girl’s death as a homicide at this point but Idsinga said that detectives with the homicide unit are actively involved in the investigation with the understanding that “kids don’t just die.”
He said as part of the investigation officers are looking back on old missing persons reports and have identified “a couple which come close” but none that investigators have narrowed in on at this point.
He also said members of the Toronto Police Service’s forensic video analysis unit are examining footage from a number of cameras on the street, though he acknowledged that police have not found any video which directly shows the dumpster where the little girl was found.
“It’s going to be a matter of looking at the cars that are going by and looking at the people walking by. It is very labour intensive,” he said.