Update: Police identify the victim as 4-year-old Neveah Tucker – Toronto police investigate the 2022 death of a young child who was found in a dumpster

Toronto police responded to the report of human remains located in a dumpster in the Castle Frank Road and Dale Avenue area on May 2nd at 4:46 p.m.

The homicide and Missing person unit was immediately notified and attended the scene.

On May 4th a post mortem examination was completed and investigators have confirmed the following:

– the remains are that of a young girl, possibly between the age of 4 to 7 years

– the girl is described as black, of African or mixed African descent

– she is 3’6″ tall, with a thin build, and has black curly hair that was sectioned in four short ponytails, two of which were braided and secured with black and blue elastic bands.

– she has all her teeth

The cause of death has not been released at this time. Inspector Hank Idsinga from Homicide and Missing Persons Unit said “We are investigating this death at it’s highest level, just like a homicide investigation.”

Police believe the remains were left in the area between Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 12 p.m., and Monday May 2, 2022, at 4:45 p.m. However, she may have been deceased as early as the summer or fall of 2021, or earlier. Detective Sergeant Renee Foley, said the child was wrapped in a crochet blanket that was placed in a plastic bag, and then wrapped in colourful fabric.

Images are being released of two items associated to where the child was found in hopes that someone will recognize them and help identify who this little girl is.

Any member of the public who has any information, or video surveillance of the area, including dash-camera video, or anyone who recognizes the blankets or victims description, is urged to immediately contact police at 416-808-5300

Update June 7th
Toronto Police Service has released composite sketches of a little girl and a photo of a vehicle of interest as part of a human remains investigation. The vehicle is described as a dark coloured Porsche Cayenne SUV, the model year 2011 – 2014

Completed by a Forensic Artist from the Ontario Provincial Police
Security footage of the vehicle in question.

Update June 29th, 2023
Toronto police announced today that the young girl has been identified as Neveah Tucker, 4, of Toronto. 

Toronto Police have identified next-of-kin and the investigation is ongoing.