Cops can’t tell gender of charred body found in burning car in Langley
By Salim Jiwa
LANGLEY, B.C. – (UPDATE) A body discovered in a flaming car on a railway crossing is so badly charred that investigators say it is not possible to tell the gender of the victim.
RCMP are now treating the discovery made at around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday as a case of murder.
“Homicide investigators are looking into a suspicious occurrence where human remains were discovered in a burned vehicle in rural Langley,” said Cpl. Dale Carr of the Integrated Homicide Section of the RCMP.
The burning vehicle was found on the Canadian National Railway tracks north of 96 Avenue and west of 208 Street.
Langley RCMP Serious Crime Section initially probed the case and then decided it was suspicious enough to be turned over to IHIT.
“At this point investigators are not able to make an identification on the body inside the vehicle. Due to the condition of the body, gender was not able to be established,” said Carr.
“Police will be waiting to establish gender with the assistance of the autopsy. An autopsy has not yet been scheduled. The earliest would be tomorrow (Sept. 24).
“It is very likely that an identification on the deceased may not be released until Monday,” he added.
“Until investigators have been able to confirm who the victim is they will not be able to make any links to similar crimes, drugs, gangs or organized crime,” said the officer. ” Investigators will be looking at any and all possibilities in an attempt to establish what transpired in this incident.”
Police have identified the registered owner of the vehicle and met with that person to obtain a time line on the travels of the vehicle.