Police in Canada said Tuesday they are investigating a strange case after four infant bodies were discovered inside a storage locker at a facility in Winnipeg. They found the remains on Monday after being notified by the storage company, Constable Eric Hofley said. The episode “leaves many questions unanswered,” he said. The discovery is “tragic beyond belief,” say police. Three or four bodies were found Monday afternoon in various states of decomposition, said police spokesman Const. Eric Hofley.
Autopsies are planned on the remains to determine exactly how many there are and the cause of death, he said.
The autopsies will also determine their age. Hofley said the bodies were newborns or someone “of a very young age.” They were “certainly not children,” he said, calling the situation “very disturbing.”
Hofley said police are “speaking with several persons” but said it was unclear whether foul play is involved.
He said he is unaware of any missing infants reported to police prior to Monday’s discovery.
Hofley said the homicide unit has been contacted, but the police child abuse unit is currently handling the investigation, which is standard operation in child death cases.
In his 14 years as an officer, Hofley said he has never seen a case such as this.
Video surveillance as well as personal information of the person who last rented the locker in question will help police in their investigation.
U-Haul’s website indicates many of its facilities are equipped with 24-hour video monitoring and the facility where the discovery was made is among them.
According to a U-Haul agent who spoke with QMI Agency, the company would require specific information of its customers and a contract would be signed.
“To set up a reservation you would need a credit or debit card number,” the agent, who requested anonymity, told QMI Agency. “Once the reservation is secured, you will sign your contract and process your move in at the location on your move-in date. At that time, you would need to provide the location with billing information and sign the contract.”
U-Haul declined interview requests Tuesday but the company’s marketing president, Razmin Mansoub, released a statement saying it was “shocked and saddened” by the discovery.
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