KITCHENER – Waterloo Region Police are investigating the discovery of a body in Idlewood Park on Saturday.
Sunlight spills down through the forested canopy where a trail crisscrosses through the park in the south end of Kitchener. But on Sunday, residents out walking and biking were halted by police tape cutting through the serenity.
Local resident Isabel Knappett said the smell of decay on the path near the Idlewood residences was potent since last Wednesday. However she and others assumed it was an animal.
The remains were found in a state of advanced decomposition by a man walking his dog through the parkland trail just before 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Police Supt. Barry Zehr said the initial autopsy performed in Hamilton on Sunday confirmed the remains are in fact human. However it is not yet known whether it was male or female, or how long the body was there.
Once the identity is confirmed, central division detectives will work to determine timelines and other investigative points of relevance.
A section of the trail between Idlewood Drive and the Thaler Avenue entrance will remain closed to the public while detectives continue their investigation and work to identity of the deceased.
There are not many deceased persons found in parks, he said.
“I think that’s why the community was initially quite concerned.”
Although the location is unusual, and the scene is being treating as suspicious, Zehr said early evidence in the investigation indicates that public safety is not a concern.