Homicide investigators have been called in after a badly decomposed body was found in a wooded area in Calgary.
A man walking his dog in an off-leash area on the west side of Sarcee Trail, between Bow Trail and 17th Avenue S.W., found the body on Thursday evening.
Officials are awaiting the results of an autopsy to try to determine the cause of death and identity.
Police said the body was so decomposed they couldn't tell the gender.
"The first and most important thing at this point in time is to ensure that we have all of the evidence from the scene," said Duty Insp. Vic Trickett on Friday.
Some visitors to the popular dog-walking area were surprised to learn a body had been found in the area.
"I'd smelled something about three weeks ago when I was going by, but I had assumed it was a dead animal so I feel bad now that I didn't do more," said Kimberley Amirault.
Candace Curry said her dogs would run into the aspen stand and took special interest in it since about July.
"I just assumed maybe it was just a deer carcass because there's lots of deer in here. I don't know if I ever thought about it, except it was something that was attracting them."