|The scene of a crime scene where a severed head was found Thursday, near where a human foot was located Wednesday in the Credit River in Mississauga, Ont., just west of Toronto. (Jenny Yuen, QMI Agency)
TORONTO — Searching bushes, rocky shores, clothing and other garbage discarded in a park west of this city has taken a toll on police -- and dogs -- seeking more body parts.
And while no human remains were discovered Saturday in Hewick Meadows Park in Mississauga, Peel Regional Police Const. George Tudos said officers had a "false alarm" the previous day.
But body parts discovered Friday were those of deer, which are common near the densely-treed banks of the Credit River, he said.
There was also heightened interest elsewhere, after a passerby attracted by the smell of decomposition found remains around 1 p.m. Saturday in the east Toronto area of Scarborough.
Toronto police said a coroner was trying to determine if they were human.
Tudos said forensic scientists continue to examine a human foot, head and two hands found between Wednesday and Friday in the Mississauga park.
Suspected of being dumped recently, he said high temperatures and fast water "all play a part" in affecting tissue left outside.
"We don't have a cause of death yet, but we do know the victim met with foul play," Tudos said.
Yellow nail polish on the foot suggests it came from a woman, but while police sense all the parts belonged to the same person, tests continue.
Tudos said up to 50 officers will continue searching "until we find it all."
Some officers on foot, in boats, and wading or diving into the river suffered sprained ankles and wrists, many are tired, weighed down by long-sleeve shirts, pants and heavy gear.
Two Ontario Provincial Police dogs arrived Saturday, after Peel's grew weary after two days, he said. "Their paws got very tender."
Tudos said officers must examine trash they keep finding, including hats, scarves, gloves, shoes, flip-flops "and a lot of clothing."