Body found in burning vehicle in rural Abbotsford, homicide team deployed

A burnt-out vehicle found in rural north Abbotsford late on Nov. 15, 2019. Curtis Kreklau

Homicide investigators have been deployed to rural north Abbotsford where a body was found inside a burning vehicle Friday night.

Abbotsford police say firefighters were called to a vehicle fire in the 5300 block of Bates Road around 10:30 p.m. and arrived to find an SUV fully engulfed.

Once the fire was extinguished, a burned body was found inside, prompting police to be called.

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Homicide investigators were then dispatched after Abbotsford police determined the incident was suspicious.

The investigation is in its early stages. It’s not yet known how long the vehicle had been burning or if any other incidents are connected.

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The integrated homicide investigation team (IHIT) confirmed Saturday they are on scene and are asking witnesses and drivers with dashcam video to come forward.

Abbotsford police are assisting in the investigation.

Anyone with information helpful to the investigation is asked to contact IHIT or Crime Stoppers.

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