Toronto homicide detectives are investigating the death of an elderly woman after her body was found in an apartment near Steeles Avenue and McCowan Road.

Police received a call at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night, which led them to 80 Alton Towers Circle, where they found a woman in her 60s with obvious signs of trauma. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The building's superintendent told CBC News that the woman lived on the 17th floor of the 20-storey building. 

James Wong lives down the hall from the victim and was watching a movie last night when he heard screaming.

"I came out to the hallway to have a look and her daughter-in-law was screaming and the son kept saying that it's horrible in there it's horrible in there," he said.

'I came out to the hallway to have a look and her daughter-in-law was screaming and the son kept saying that it's horrible in there it's horrible in there.'- James Wong, neighbour

The victim was a Cantonese-speaking woman whom neighbours said lived alone in this unit. One neighbour told CBC News the woman appeared to have had visitors over Thursday night for a Christmas gathering.

Wong said he overheard the victim's son telling police someone called him to say he should see his mother.

"He got an urgent notice to check up on her or something like that," he said. "I feel very shocked because this has been very nice neighbourhood, peaceful, and nothing much happens here and I'm really surprised at this kind of thing just happen next to my doorstep."

Police said the they will have more information on a cause of death in a couple of days when the coroner's office finishes the autopsy.

"The investigation is still early on so what we are going through is all the security camera footage and lots of close-by surveillance videos we have hours of that that we're going through right now," said police spokesman Const. Victor Kwong.

Anyone in the building or with information about the incident is asked to contact Det. Mary Vruna at 416-808-4200.

The woman, whose identity is being withheld for the time being, is Toronto's 56th homicide of the year.


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