A 28-year-old Edmonton man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and interfering with a dead body in the death of a woman last New Year's Eve.

Joshua James Houle was originally charged with second-degree murder in the death of Misty Lynn Ward, 27.

Ward's body was found in an apartment at 83rd Street and Jasper Avenue by the building manager while he was investigating a leak of pink-coloured water.

Ward was the city's 47th homicide of 2011. Houle will be sentenced in January.