St. John's boys discover human remains in suitcase
Could you imagine the fright of being the parent of a young child, or worse, being the young child to discover such a horrific package while playing 'Cops & Robbers'. This event is something that the boys will have in the back of their minds until their dying days.
Three young boys discovered a dismembered human body in a suitcase in a St. John's backyard on Friday afternoon.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is releasing few details about its investigation.
The boys, all around 10 years old, were playing a game of cops and robbers in the backyard of a home on Warbury Street, in the city's west end, when one spotted a suitcase, said Paula Williams, the mother of one of the children.
"They said it was a suitcase and they hauled [it] out — you know kids today — they [thought] it was money or something," Williams told CBC News.
"They hauled it out, and it was a dead body."
The discovery shocked the children, she said.
"They came up bawling out and screaming out, and all the kids came down to look around, being nosy."
Williams said her son was shaken and threw up several times, but seemed to be fine several hours later.
The RNC was alerted around 4:30 p.m. On Friday evening, half a dozen police vehicles lined the residential street.
Police were on the scene again Saturday to continue the investigation.
"We don't know yet what has happened here, what has caused this. We are treating this as a homicide," Const. Paul Davis said.
"We are pulling out all of our investigative teams, everything that is necessary for us to complete a full investigation."
Davis did not say if the police have suspects.
He said the police will ensure the children get any help they may need to cope with what they saw.