Investigators identify 48-year-old Abbotsford man who rented vehicle found on fire with body inside

    1 of 1 2 of 1

      After a body was found in a burning vehicle in the Fraser Valley over a week ago, investigators are seeking assistance in determining a timeline of events leading up to the grim discovery. 

      According to the Abbotsford Police Department (APD), Abbotsford firefighters responded to a report about a vehicle fire in the 5300 block of Bates Road around 10:34 p.m. on November 15. After the fire was extinguished, a body was located inside the vehicle.

      The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has taken over the case and is continuing to work with the APD and the B.C. Coroners Service in gathering evidence.

      IHIT stated in a news release that the burnt vehicle is a black Chevrolet Tahoe, which was last rented by 48-year-old Sukhdev Dhaliwal of Abbotsford.

      As police await autopsy results and DNA verification, IHIT stated that they are unable to confirm if Dhaliwal is the victim.

      However, investigators would like to speak to anyone who may have seen or spoken to him.

      According to IHIT, witnesses reported that a dark-coloured SUV left the scene of the fire in the direction of Mission, B.C.

      Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-4448 (or send an email). To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

      This incident follows a separate case of suspected arson attempts involving vehicles a few days later.

      Around 10:41 p.m. on November 18, Abbotsford police responded to a report about two male suspects pouring gasoline on a vehicle parked in a residential driveway in the 33800 block of Mayfair Avenue.

      Although the suspects lit the vehicle on fire but it did not remain aflame, and police extinguished it after arriving at the scene.

      A red Nissan Sentra was reportedly seen fleeing the area.

      Shortly after that, Abbotsford police received a report about an explosion and a vehicle on fire on King Road near Bradner Road.

      Police located a stolen burnt vehicle that matched the description of the suspect vehicle from the Mayfair Avenue incident.  

      Any witnesses or anyone with dashcam or surveillance footage of these incidents is asked to call the APD or Crime Stoppers.