The Canadian police have apologized for accidentally disposing of a woman's burned body after mistaking her for a charred mannequin

Canadian police apologized to the family of an unnamed woman for accidentally dumping her cremated remains in a dumpster. Avid_creative
Officials in Quebec apologized to the family of a deceased woman for accidentally disposing of her body.
First responders mistook her charred remains for a silicone doll.
The officers realized her mistake after the woman's significant other filed a missing person report.
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Law enforcement agencies in Quebec have apologized to the family of a deceased woman for accidentally dumping her cremated remains in a dumpster.
The incident occurred on July 23, when a team of firefighters in Sherbrooke, Quebec responded to a report about a mannequin that caught fire. They found what they thought was a silicone doll in a wooded area.
"When they arrived, witnesses said someone set a silicone doll on fire," Sherbrooke police chief Danny McConnell told CBC Canada.
McConnell said the fire department and police decided that the mannequin should be disposed of in a container at the Sherbrooke Police Department. But four hours later, around 2:15 p.m., they received a call from a man who said his partner was missing.
Police officers then traced the missing woman's cell phone signal to her car, which was parked near the scene of the fire. McConnell told the press that the body was then retrieved from the container and identified.
"We obviously regret this situation and rest assured that the family will be kept informed of every important detail of this investigation," said McConnell. "Our hearts are with the family, their partner and the children in this very tragic situation."
CBC Canada spoke to Robert Nicholson, an anatomical pathologist at Granby Hospital in the Eastern Townships, who said it was not "unreasonable" to mistake a burned person for a scorched mannequin. He explained that this is because people with severe burns lose all of the water in their bodies.
"When someone is a burn victim and most of the water is gone, there is nothing but the consequences of the burn. It doesn't look like a normal person and it doesn't feel like a normal person," said Nicholson.
Montreal-based media company CTV News reported that Canadian authorities were investigating the unnatural death.
Sherbrooke's chief fire officer Stephane Simoneau told CTV that he would take personal responsibility to determine what happened.
"We will shed light on these events in the next few weeks," he said.
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