Calgary police are accusing a man of dismembering and trying to dispose of a woman’s body after she died.
Police were called to a grassy, lightly forested area along Centre Street North after a passerby found a body on June 8.
After investigating a tip from the public, police say they now believe that the woman died at a residence, then a man who lived at the residence decided to dispose of her remains in several places, including in the neighbourhood of Crescent Heights.
Police continue to search for body parts.
Joshua Jordan Weise, who is 40, is charged with one count offering an indignity to human remains.
Insp. Don Coleman said while the chief medical examiner is working on the cause of death, it’s not believed to be criminal.
“However, the indignity offered to her body after definitely constitutes a criminal act,” he said. “I believe fear probably did play a significant part of that; as to his exact motivation, I’m not entirely sure.
“It’s clear there was a series of bad decisions made.”
Coleman said it's of drugs playing a factor is also being investigated and landfills are being searched.
Police are describing Weise and the victim as acquaintances.
She was reported missing the day after her body was found and police believe it was there for a couple of days.
Coleman added support services are in place for both the police and the passerby who made the discovery.