Watch above: Police won’t confirm link between missing Mississauga family and burned bodies found in Barrie. Mark Carcasole reports.
TORONTO – Police aren’t ruling out a connection between the three charred bodies found inside a vehicle last Friday and the disappearance of a Toronto-area family last week.
Ontario Provincial Police and Peel Regional Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding a burned-out car north of Barrie, Ont. and the whereabouts of a Mississauga father and his two young boys.
But police say it’s too early to speculate whether the two are linked.
Police say Samuel Masih, 36, called his wife Thursday to say he was taking their two young boysto see a movie but never returned home. She reported them missing early Friday.
Firefighters and emergency crews discovered three bodies while responding to a car fire around 5:30 a.m. Friday.
Police say the bodies were found in a “charred” car and they don’t know the gender or ages of the people inside. Police also don’t know how the fire started.
The bodies have been taken to the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto for post-mortems to be conducted early this week.
WATCH: O.P.P. were called to the scene of a vehicle fire in Oro Medonte township last Friday morning.
Police have since visited the family’s home near Burnhamthorpe Road and Hurontario Street; Neighbours saw OPP officers and Peel Region officers carrying black boxes and white bags in and out of the residence.
Guffran Ahmed lives a few doors down from the Masih family and said they seemed like a “normal family.” Six people lived in the home – two parents, two grandparents and two kids – and he didn’t notice any volatility.
“We barely know each other on this street, everybody is in their little cocoon, watching their TV’s inside our cushy houses,” he said.
Police have yet to release descriptions or photos of the missing family members.
With files from The Canadian Press