Peel Regional Police investigate after the discovery of a severed head and foot located in the Credit River in Mississauga on Thursday, August 16, 2012.
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TORONTO - Peel Regional Police confirmed Monday the body parts found in the city's east end on the weekend are from the same female body as the severed foot, head and hands discovered in a park west of the city last week.
A police source added it's possible the grisly discoveries were connected to a missing woman.
A woman's foot was found Wednesday in Hewick Meadows Park in Mississauga, followed by her head Thursday and two hands Friday.
On Saturday, an arm, calves and thigh were discovered by Toronto Police along Highland Creek in the city's east end.
"There are obvious similarities between the body parts," Peel Sgt. Pete Brandwood said Monday, adding he could not confirm whether the discoveries are linked to a missing woman case.
The identity of the deceased has yet to be determined.
Brandwood said Peel's officers, who are leading the investigation, have been reviewing missing person's files.
"We've been in touch with those families and warned them they may want to prepare for the worst," Brandwood said. "It's fair to say there's some criminality involved here. Somebody has been severely victimized here."
Officially, the case hasn't been deemed a homicide investigation because detectives are awaiting the results of forensic tests.
But Brandwood added homicide detectives are on the case and they have been in contact with their counterparts in Toronto.
"We first have to determine how this person died, who she was and then our investigation can move onto suspects," Brandwood said.
Brandwood said police haven't identified any suspects.
The search for more body parts continued Monday.