A human torso was found inside a garbage bin behind an apartment building in Kitchener, Ont., police confirm.

The gruesome discovery was made Saturday afternoon in Kitchener, located about 100 kilometres west of Toronto. According to police the body is believed to be that of a Caucasian woman.

Waterloo Regional Police released a statement about the discovery on Sunday, indicating that the body was found in a black, short-sleeved T-shirt with the words "Forget Princess I want to be a Vampire" printed on the front.

The age of the victim has not been determined and police say no other body parts have been discovered in the area.

The investigation is being conducted by Waterloo Regional Police’s Homicide Branch in partnership with the Coroner’s Office.

The area surrounding the building and dumpster remained taped off Sunday as police continued their investigation.

Waterloo Regional Police Insp. Kevin Thaler said Sunday investigators are looking at previous missing persons cases in Waterloo and in other jurisdictions.

“There’s a family involved in this. The focus right now is on identifying who this person is and finding out who did this,” Thaler said.

Police canvassed the neighbourhood taking statements from nearby residents.

Police would not say how long the torso had been in the dumpster, but the Region of Waterloo website indicated garbage pickup would have been on Friday, a day before the torso was discovered.

People who live in the neighbourhood said they are shocked and disturbed by the grisly discovery.

“How am I going to close my eyes at night knowing that this happened across the street from me,” said one resident.

A resident of the apartment building, Matt Deoniziak, said at least 50 per cent of the people in the building are retired and older.

“It’s a quiet building,” he said.

The torso has been taken to a Hamilton, Ont., hospital where an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

With a report from CTV Kitchener’s Tracy Tong