Human remains were found in a large field next to a McDonald’s restaurant on Topsail Road in Paradise Wednesday afternoon.
The discovery of the remains was made approximately 4:20 p.m. according to Const. Talia Murphy of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
Murphy said the RNC’s K-9 unit assisted in the discovery of the remains.
Officers on the scene were focused on an area located approximately 30 metres east of the McDonald’s parking lot, a short distance from the backyard fences of homes on Canterbury Drive.
A body bag laid out flat was wheeled away from the scene on a stretcher shortly before 7 p.m. It was then lifted into a police van, which then drove away from the parking lot.
Murphy could not confirm whether the remains discovered were of a male or female, and said she did not have information on why police were searching the area.
The police spokeswoman said it was too early in the investigation to determine how long the human remains had been in the field.
Present at the scene of the investigation Wednesday were the RNC’s major crimes unit, street patrol officers and the forensic identification section.
Most of the open field located next to McDonald’s was cordoned off with police tape, covering an area of approximately 50 metres by 50 metres.
The field generally consists of tall grass and scattered small shrubs, with trees situated between the residential fences and the area in which officers appeared to be focusing their attention.
Officers were observed taking measurements and filming video at the scene.
Police were still conducting their investigation at the site as of 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Murphy said the RNC’s investigation into the discovery of the human remains is continuing.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has discovered human remains in a field on Topsail Road in Paradise next to a McDonald's restaurant.
Const. Talia Murphy could not confirm whether the remains were that of a male or female, and said it was too early in the investigation to determine how long they had been left in the field.
The remains were found at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday with assistance from the RNC's K9 unit. A body bag containing the human remains was wheeled away from the scene on a stretcher shortly before 7 p.m.
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The RNC has cordoned off a field next to the McDonald’s restaurant in Paradise, on Topsail Road, following the discovery of human remains in the area.
Members of the RNC's street patrol, forensic and major crime units are all on scene.
There are few details at this point, but The Telegram is on the scene. Further updates will be posted as they become available.