Body discovered near Laurier campus

Waterloo Regional Police Services (WRPS) have confirmed that a body was found at a construction site at the corner of King and James Streets Saturday morning.

According to WRPS public affairs coordinator Olaf Heinzel, investigators found that the deceased took his or her own life.

“There was a determination made on the circumstances surrounding how this person died,” said Heinzel. “[Investigators determined] that the person took their own life.”

Police were called to the scene at 8:40 a.m. Saturday morning after being alerted of the situation by a security guard.

Three police cruisers and a forensics unit arrived and the body was removed via ambulance shortly thereafter.

The WRPS has not released, nor could they confirm, any details on the identity of the deceased person, and according to Heinzel, that is because of the nature of the incident. As a result, there’s no indication that this person was a student at the surrounding universities.

“Because of the circumstances, we can’t really release any details,” said Heinzel.

“There’s no criminal investigation here. We would only release information with the permission of the person’s family and for investigative purposes and there’s no investigation in this case.”

Heinzel confirmed that the deceased’s family has been notified, however it is unlikely that the WRPS will release any further details surrounding his or her identity.

“When you hear us release information, for example, in a homicide, part of that is keeping the family apprised, part of that is for investigative reasons,” he said.

“In this instance, there is no investigation.”

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