Severed head, foot discovered near Credit River west of Toronto

Peel police investigate Thursday after a severed head and foot were discovered near the Credit River in Mississauga, …A day after a severed foot was found in a Mississauga, Ontario park, police have now confirmed the grisly discovery of a human head in the Credit River, about 1 km from the initial discovery at Hewick Meadows Park.

Peel Regional Police investigators found the head late Thursday morning said acting Insp. Randy Cowan at a news conference.

Cowan said he couldn't specify exactly where the head was found "because we're still there."

He could not confirm if the foot and head belonged to the same person.

The head does not appear to be that of a child based on a preliminary examination, he said.

"Without a cause of death we can't call it homicide, but certainly foul play — there's definitely something amiss," said Cowan.

A group of people were hiking in the park near Eglinton Avenue West and Mississauga Road Wednesday and discovered what appeared to be a foot in the shallows of the Credit River that runs through the park, said Cowan.

A coroner later confirmed it is a human foot that had been severed from the ankle down.

Police are currently running tests on the foot and will run tests on the head to help arrive at an identification.

The presence of yellow nail polish has led police to suspect the foot belonged to a woman. Police suspect the foot was severed in the last few weeks.

Police haven’t been able to determine if the body parts washed down the river, which flows southwards towards Lake Ontario, or if they'd been placed there.

Search crews, including divers, canine units and an OPP helicopter, are combing the area.

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(With files from CBC)