Police in Saskatoon are searching a landfill for the body of a baby girl.
Police were told Oct. 27 that a 17-year-old Saskatoon girl gave birth to the baby girl Thanksgiving weekend at her home. It's unclear how the baby died, but police said it's believed the baby's body was placed in a garbage bin outside the family's home. The garbage was later collected and taken to the dump.
Local police officers and a cadaver dog from the Calgary police force began searching the landfill Monday. Due to the size of the landfill, it's unknown how long the search will take.
In a press conference Monday at the landfill, police spokeswoman Alyson Edwards said the officers involved could be in for "an exhaustive grid search" of the landfill.
"We are looking at about, what we think is, a week's worth of garbage," she said. "We don't anticipate locating the remains of the baby in the very near future. This may take days."
Police do have information about what the baby was wrapped in when it was put in the garbage bin.
Edwards said several people reported the teen had given birth and the baby was believed to be dead.
Edwards also said the 17-year-old has been co-operating with the investigation. She hasn't been arrested or charged.
Finding the body is necessary, Edwards said, because an autopsy needs to be conducted.
"We don't know conclusively how the baby died," she said.
She added the teen lives at home with her parents, but didn't know if the parents knew their daughter was pregnant.