The body of a middle-aged woman was found at a Winnipeg recycling depot on Friday night, according to police.
Police were called to a recycling depot in the 100 block of Omands Creek Boulevard shortly after 7 p.m. with reports of “suspicious circumstances.”
An adult woman was spotted among the recycling.
“Workers were sorting through recycled material that had come in from the City of Winnipeg and at that time they discovered her amongst other recyclable materials,” Cst. Jay Murray told reporters on Saturday.
Police believe the woman was picked up in a recycling bin and transported to the facility, but aren’t ruling out other possibilities.
“I can’t begin to imagine what a mother feels when she reads something like this,” Murray said.
“I think it’s absolutely appalling that this person was treated like a piece of trash or recyclable material.”
Police said efforts are underway to identify the woman and notify her family.
The homicide unit is investigating, but police can’t call the incident a homicide until seeing the results of the autopsy which should be done in the next day or two.
“The fact that she was likely put in this recycling bin is suspicious enough,” Murray said.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.