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Body discovered in burnt out vehicle near Trail

Police provided a photograph of what the car would have looked like before the fire.

The Trail and Greater District RCMP confirmed in a press release this afternoon that the body of an individual was located inside the trunk of a burnt out vehicle, left abandoned and set ablaze on Hwy 22 this past weekend.

Trail RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke said the death is being treated as suspicious.

“Shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14, the Trail and Greater Regional Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle fire just outside the Genelle Flats on the Southbound shoulder of Hwy 22, approximately 11 km north of Trail,” Oelke said. “RCMP investigators also attended the scene. The discovery caused a closure of the highway to permit investigators to process the scene on Sunday.”

Given the circumstances, the Southeast District Major Crime Unit has taken charge of the investigation.

“The RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit and Trail RCMP Detachment are continuing their investigation into the suspicious death,” he said, adding that police are seeking the assistance of the public with this investigation.

“In particular, investigators seek to speak with anyone who was in this area during the weekend of Jan. 13 and 14. Members of the public with information are asked to call the Trail and Greater District RCMP Detachment at 250-364-2566. Anyone wishing to provide information anonymously can do so by calling Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave a tip online at www.bccrimestoppers.com."

The burned vehicle is described as a 1999 Honda Civic, 4 door sedan, grey in colour.

No further information is being released at this time.