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Human remains found beneath residential garage in Alberta Avenue area

Homicide detectives are investigating after human remains were found buried seven feet beneath the concrete floor of a garage near 118th Avenue and 96th Street.

'Investigators do believe that the body ... was placed there within the last year'

Human remains were found seven feet beneath the concrete floor of this dark-coloured garage (located to the right of the white and blue garage) in the area of 96th Street and 118th Avenue. (CBC)

Homicide detectives are investigating after human remains were found buried seven feet beneath the concrete floor of a garage near 118th Avenue and 96th Street.

Police say a forensic examination was done this week underneath the floor of the garage, after they received information a body may have been buried there.

The garage overlooks a backalley, across from 97th Street.

The remains of a man's body were uncovered on Friday several feet below the concrete, Edmonton Police Service spokesman Scott Pattison said Saturday.

"Investigators do believe that the body ... was placed there within the last year," Pattison said.

The man has not been identified and police are calling the death suspicious.

The home where the remains were found is known to police, Pattison said. 

People who live nearby said they are also familiar with the property.

"There's always police around, constantly," said Pauline, who asked not to share her last name. She has lived in the neighbourhood for 25 years.

"At one point I wouldn't walk by it," she said. "It's cleaned up a bit but not that much."

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. "We will know at that particular time whether this is criminal or not," Pattison added.

"Certainly the disposing of the body would be criminal. Whether or not the individual, the deceased, died criminally will be determined."

Anyone who may have information about this incident or who may have visited the home in the past year is asked to contact police. 

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