Toronto police have located the remains of a female in a wooded area of the city, but could not confirm the discovery is connected with the search for Catherine (Kit) Currie, the 51-year-old Toronto resident who has been missing since mid-August.
Police have also located a bicycle and bike helmet in the area near Rosedale Valley Road and Mount Pleasant Road, and said they belong to Currie.
Det. Ian McArthur said Friday that police are investigating two "crime scenes" in the area, but the search for Currie is continuing.
"We have found a deceased party; there's no indication at this point it's related to our missing person," he told CBC News.
Police, responding to a tip on Thursday evening, found Currie's bike and helmet on the bridge near Mount Pleasant Road and Bloor Street.
That prompted a wider search of the heavily wooded area beneath the bridge, where they discovered human remains.
The coroner was called in after the body was found. Police have not identified the body but said Friday the remains appear to be of a female.
The last confirmed sighting of Currie was at the intersection of Queen Street West and Bathurst Avenue on Aug. 14.
In an interview last week on CBC's Metro Morning, Currie's older sister, Jennifer, said she suspects her sister may be in a state of emotional distress.
She also said her sisters suffers from paranoia. She is an avid cyclist and a member of Toronto's Wiccan community.
"She's not functioning mentally," said Jennifer Currie in the Aug. 27 interview. "She's quite resourceful in the woods. She would feel very safe there. Kit's never been missing before, she's a devoted mother and artist. She has a cat that she adores and would never not feed."
A Facebook page created to help find Currie reported she was possibly spotted on Aug. 23 in the area of Bayview Avenue, just south of Eglinton Avenue East. Friends and family also started a website and a poster campaign.
The family was also asking cyclists to search the city for Currie, and offered a $1,000 reward for finding her.
Currie is described as:
- Five feet four inches tall.
- Weighing 155 pounds.
- Having distinctive long red hair.