Horrifying Find Made Behind Wall of Mall Bathroom

Man's body was found at Calgary mall
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2018 1:44 AM CDT
Updated May 1, 2018 6:24 AM CDT
Body Found Behind Wall of Mall Bathroom
Police vehicles in Calgary, Alberta.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)

Police in Calgary are investigating a horrifying find made when a mall maintenance worker tried to fix a toilet in a women's bathroom that wouldn't flush. "If you were to look at the toilet, there's a panel behind it so that when people move, it would automatically flush," says police spokeswoman Emma Poole. "When they removed that panel, they found a deceased person behind that wall." Police say the body is that of an adult male, though no identity or cause of death has been determined, the CBC reports. The grisly find was made Monday morning at the Core Shopping Center, the main shopping complex in the Alberta city's downtown.

Investigators do not suspect foul play at this point and the death has been classified as undetermined, police said in a statement Monday. It isn't clear how long the body was in the wall. The bathroom is located near the food court on the fourth floor of the four-story mall, and police believe it is possible that the man became stuck in the wall after he fell while crawling through a vent or duct, the Calgary Herald reports. "That would be the most logical at this point ... that it was from above," Poole says. "So that is obviously something they would be looking at is someone crawling through the ventilation system." (This Houston resident got fatally stuck in the wall of her home.)

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