On May 27, 2019 at approximately 3:30 AM, members of the Medicine Hat Police Service, along with Emergency Medical Services personnel, responded to a report of an unconscious female who was located trapped in the opening of a charitable donation bin.
The 39-year-old female was unresponsive and determined to be deceased at the scene. The initial police investigation into the death has determined it to be accidental and the Alberta Coroners Office will continue the investigation to determine the exact cause of death.
The MHPS has reached out to local social service agencies, who work with vulnerable populations, to advise their clients of potential dangers associated with entering the charitable donation bins.
The MHPS offers condolences to the family of the deceased.
Inspector Joe West
Operational Services Division
Medicine Hat Police Service