Unidentified body discovered in truck on fire in Maple Ridge

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      A vehicle fire in northeastern Metro Vancouver on the weekend gave way to a grisly discovery.  

      Around 1:30 a.m. on September 25, Ridge Meadows RCMP responded to a report about a black pickup truck on fire at the intersection of Park Lane and Vernon Trail in the 21700 block of 136th Avenue in Maple Ridge.

      When the fire was extinguished, a body was located. Consequently, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called in to investigate.

      Investigators are still working to determine the identity of the victim.

      Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

      Thus far, IHIT has confirmed that it was a targeted incident but has yet to determine if there are any connections to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.  

      RCMP and IHIT investigators, along with the Integrated Forensic Section and the B.C. Coroners Service, are still examining the scene and canvassing the area for witnesses and video footage in order to establish a timeline of events.

      The areas of interest involve the 21700 block of 136th Avenue in the Silver Valley Area of Maple Ridge from approximately midnight to 2 a.m. on September 25.

      Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

      The truck is described as a matte black Chevrolet Silverado. IHIT stated that it may not have had a muffler so it would therefore have been loud as it travelled through Maple Ridge and surrounding areas.

      Anyone with dashcam or residential video of the vehicle or anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-4448.

      Integrated Homicide Investigation Team