This afternoon a package was received at False Creek Elementary. The package appeared suspicious and the VPD was called. Police attended the school and removed the package.
In a subsequent press release and news conference, the VPD confirmed that the package contained human remains. The VPD news release stated:
Vancouver - Vancouver Police are investigating two disturbing incidents in which human remains were discovered in separate packages mailed to two local area schools this afternoon.
The first package containing what appeared to be a human hand was opened by a staff member at False Creek Elementary School shortly after 1 p.m. today. Another package containing what appeared to be a human foot was found by staff members at St. George's School later this afternoon.
Vancouver Police and the B.C. Coroners Service have been called in to investigate. The remains will be examined by the coroner and there is no indication of an identity at this stage in the investigation.
The investigation will centre on identifying the victim and from where the packages were mailed. Investigators will liaise with any outside police agencies as required.
The schools are currently cordoned off as forensic examination continues at each location.
There is no indication that any students and staff have been targeted at either school.
We are deeply troubled by this incident. The Vancouver School Board is providing support to the school and surrounding community. We encourage parents, if they wish to receive more information, to contact vpd.ca
If the school district has more information, we will continue to update our website at www.vsb.bc.ca
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