The burnt remains of a woman were mistaken for a dummy last Friday and dumped in a dumpster at the Sherbrooke police station.
Police Department Director Danny McConnell said the events of July 23 began with a 911 call just after 10 a.m. for a small brush fire behind a factory on Cabana Street.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, witnesses reported that someone had come to burn a “silicone dummy,” McConnell said.
At 10:15 a.m., firefighters called the police for help.
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“They mentioned that a fire residue resembling a burnt dummy was located near the woods,” McConnell said.
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After speaking, it was agreed that the mannequin should be dumped in an outdoor dumpster located at the police station, which is inaccessible to the public.
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“At 10:45 am, firefighters pulled into the SPS parking lot and put the supposed dummy in the container,” McConnell said.
Four hours later, a man called to report his partner’s disappearance, which sparked a police investigation into the missing woman.
A vehicle was located on Cabana Street near the fire site using a cell signal from the woman’s phone.
McConnell said an officer who responded to the fire noted that there could be a connection to the dummy fire. In order to shed light on the case, it was decided to recover the “supposed mannequin”.
After examining the remains, officers confirmed that it was indeed the body of the missing woman.
A burning vehicle was found with human remains inside near Sudbury, Ontario.
An investigation is underway to determine the circumstances of the woman’s death.
Stéphane Simoneau, director of the Sherbrooke fire department, expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased, including her spouse and children.
He said the discovery left first responders in shock.
“I am quite stunned by the news and I could tell that my whole team, all the force, the first responders of the intervention are in shock,” he said, adding that the mental well-being of the The team was a top priority because the process all kinds of emotions.
A makeshift memorial has started to appear near the site where the woman’s burnt remains were first discovered.