12/25/2017 21:57 EST | Updated 12/25/2017 22:00 EST

Autopsy today on baby found outdoors in Calgary; search for mother continues

CALGARY — An autopsy is scheduled to be performed Tuesday on the body of a baby found late Christmas Eve in northwest Calgary as the search for the mother continues.

Police were called at about 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 by a resident who found the body of a newborn in a parking lot behind a grocery store in the Bowness district.

Investigators believe the child could have been left there as early as the late afternoon, but add it is not clear how or when the child died.

Police also say they are concerned for the mother as evidence at the scene suggested she may be in medical distress.

Investigators want to speak to her to ensure her well-being and to find out what happened.

The homicide unit is investigating and police urge anyone with information to contact them immediately.