RCMP investigating after human remains discovered in Grande Prairie dumpster

The discovery of human remains inside a dumpster in downtown Grande Prairie, Alta., over the weekend has spurred an investigation by the Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit.

At about 6:10 a.m. on Sunday, RCMP officers were called to help the Grande Prairie Fire Department with a dumpster fire in the city’s core.

“Grande Prairie RCMP attended the scene and it was believed there were burned human remains in the dumpster,” police said in a news release issued Monday.

“Alberta RCMP Major Crimes has taken over carriage of this investigation and attended the scene.”

Police said they have determined it was a woman’s remains in the dumpster. An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday.

The RCMP called the fatality a “sudden death” but have not said if they were able to determine whether the death involved any criminality.

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