Kingston Police investigating mail containing suspected ‘human waste’

Kingston Police and Kingston Fire & Rescue on scene at the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation offices on Rideau Street, where suspicious mail was received on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023. Photo by Kingstonist.

It may not be the scenario most think of when they hear emergency services have been called in due to receiving suspicious mail, but the detection of suspected “human waste” was the centre of an incident that occurred in Kingston on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., employees in the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF) offices discovered a piece of mail that immediately seemed unordinary due to a strong odour. Those with the local charitable organization, which raises funds for local hospitals, contacted Kingston Police with concerns about the item of mail. Kingston Fire & Rescue was also dispatched to the UHKF offices, which are located on Rideau Street in downtown Kingston.

Police, including the Kingston Police Forensic Identification Unit, and firefighters were all on scene at the office building within minutes, where police officials indicated that items of mail were being collected in order to have them tested. Follow-up inquiries to Kingston Police revealed that the suspicious item of mail did not involve a mysterious white powder or anything of the sort – instead, the unwanted mail was suspected of containing “human waste” according to Const. Anthony Colangeli, acting Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police.

“It appears the UKHF received a letter that possibly contained some human waste, based on the smell and colour,” Colangeli stated, noting a “foul-smelling piece of paper with a stain.”

“Our officers attended and are looking into where the letter came from, what the substance is, and if this was intentional or not.”

While firefighters left the scene within the hour of being dispatched, Kingston Police, including the Forensic Identification Unit, were on scene collecting evidence for testing for over an hour. Photo by Kingstonist.

For their part, Kingston Fire & Rescue indicated the incident was “minor in nature.”

“We were dispatched to a perceived emergency. The first arriving truck cleared all additional responding units, including our hazmat response team,” the local fire department said in response to Kingstonist inquiries. All fire crews had cleared the scene within the hour.

And while the incident may not have seemed minor in nature to those who experienced it, representatives from UHKF turned down the opportunity to address the situation publicly and will not be providing comment at this time.

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