Remains discovered in Toronto's west end, prompting police to close down a section of the Gardiner Expressway Tuesday evening, were parts from a pig, police said in a tweet Wednesday.
The remains were discovered near Kipling Avenue, in Toronto’s west end.
Police said Tuesday evening that they didn't know whether the remains are animal or human, Constable Tony Vella said, adding, “that’s part of the investigation.”
Toronto police received a call about the remains around 5 p.m., he said, and later shut down the westbound lanes of the Gardiner to investigate. Officials from the Coroner’s Office were also at the scene Tuesday night, he said.
By 8:30 p.m., westbound traffic was still being diverted at Kipling as the investigation continued.
The discovery came one day after a 40-year-old man was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death and dismemberment of Scarborough resident Liu Guanghua. Earlier this month, two hands, a foot and a head were found in a Mississauga Park, and other human remains were found in Scarborough. Police later said the remains belonged to Ms. Liu.
Peel police, who are leading the investigation into Ms. Liu’s death, said Tuesday night that they hadn’t been contacted about the remains found on the Gardiner and aren’t aware of any connection to the case.
Toronto police said the phone call on Tuesday was the first they have received alerting them to possible human remains since the grisly Mississauga and Scarborough discoveries.