Local officials in Winnipeg, Canada say they have found the bodies of several dead infant babies in a storage locker. Workers at a U-Haul facility called police with the disturbing news, according to Const. Eric Hofley, who held a press conference today with more information.
“The remains were in a state where it’s not obvious yet where we’re dealing with the remains of four bodies or three,” Hofley said. “It’s tragic beyond belief.”
Hofley indicated no arrests have been made in connection with the babies’ deaths and autopsies have been scheduled so authorities can learn more about how they died. Hofley said it’s too early to say what happened or whether the deaths were the result of foul play.
“All that information will hopefully be determined as the days progress. We will have further information tomorrow [Wednesday], I do know that for a fact,” he explained.
The CBC has a full report on the grisly discovery:
Hofley would not reveal the name of the storage facility, but CBC News has learned it was U-Haul on McPhillips Street and Elgin Avenue in the city’s West Alexander neighbourhood.
The bodies were found by employees who phoned police at about 1 p.m.
Sources told CBC News it’s a “gruesome scene” like something from a horror movie. It isn’t clear how long the bodies had been in the locker.
Hofley told reporters on Tuesday that in his 14 years as an officer he has never experienced anything like this.
Members of the police services child abuse unit are investigating, and depending on where that leads, members of the homicide unit may pick up on it, he said.
If it’s found there was no foul play, there will likely still be charges.
“Obviously, you’re not allowed to store or conceal human remains. That in itself would be a charge,” Hofley said.
“Again, until such time as the autopsies have determined what is the cause of this, we won’t know what the full extent of the charges may or may not be.”
Police are urging anyone with information to contact them at 204-986-3296 or to call Crime Stoppers at 786-8477.