Man's body found behind wall of women's public restroom

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Calgary police have determined the death of a man whose body was found inside a wall at the Core Shopping Centre on Monday was an accident.

"Despite the circumstances of where the body was located, investigators do not suspect foul play and the death remains classified as undetermined", said a statement from the Calgary Police. After removing the wall panel behind the toilet, he found a body belonging to an adult male.

The discovery was made about 9:30 a.m.by a maintenance worker who was called in to fix a toilet that wouldn't flush on the fourth floor of The Core Shopping Centre, said police spokeswoman Emma Poole.

The wall - about two metres high and not attached to the ceiling - is used to hide utilities.

"The investigation into when the victim died and how he ended up inside the wall is still ongoing", Poole said.

The identity of the deceased has not been released but police confirm the victim was a man in his 20s. Once inside the washroom, he then climbed on top of a pony wall directly behind the toilets and removed a vent cover located on top of the wall.

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Police believe the man climbed inside the wall through the vent, got stuck and later died.

The Calgary Fire Department is assisting with the removal of the body.

There are no further details that can be released at this time. "That would be the most logical at this point is that it was from above", Poole says.

An hour later, the body was removed. About 3 p.m., a body shrouded in a black blanket was wheeled out.

The men's toilet also remained open as shopping centre security guarded the taped off women's toilet.

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