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Police seeking help identifying 'intentionally dismembered' human remains found at Cherry Beach

Toronto police say they are asking for the public's help to identify human remains found in October. (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)
Toronto police say they are asking for the public's help to identify human remains found in October. (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)

Toronto police are seeking public assistance to identify human remains that were found at Cherry Beach last October.

The individual is believed to be a man between 21 and 28 years old, with a light brown, tan complexion, an average to lean build, and black body hair, police said during a press conference on Tuesday.

He is believed to have been five-feet six-inches tall, plus or minus 3.5 inches, according to a Toronto Police Services news release.

"This person is a family member, a friend, a coworker, an acquaintance," said Kathlin Seremetkovsk, acting superintendent of 51 Division.

"Someone knows who this individual is," she said. "Someone knows what took place."

Police located a necklace, pictured above, and a light-coloured, size small t-shirt from the brand ‘Cotton Best' on the human remains discovered on Oct. 30, Toronto police said during a press conference on Tuesday.
Police located a necklace, pictured above, and a light-coloured, size small t-shirt from the brand ‘Cotton Best' on the human remains discovered on Oct. 30, Toronto police said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Police located a necklace, pictured, as well as a light-coloured, small t-shirt from the brand ‘Cotton Best' on the human remains discovered on Oct. 30, 2023. (Toronto Police Services)

On Oct. 9, 2023, two human thighs were located on the water's edge at Cherry Beach. Police responded to a call from a civilian who made the initial discovery, said Det-Sgt. Tiffany Castell.

Toronto police later discovered a human torso, partially wrapped in a black plastic bag, in the outer Toronto harbour area of Lake Ontario on Oct. 30, according to the news release.

The torso had on a generic necklace and a light-coloured, size small t-shirt from the brand 'Cotton Best,' police said.

DNA testing confirmed that the body parts belong to the same individual. Police said the remains had been "intentionally dismembered."

Though the investigation is being treated as suspicious, it is not yet being considered a homicide, as police do not know how the individual died, Castell said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators. They can also provide information anonymously through Crime Stoppers.