Update (March 19):
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) provided more details about the ongoing investigation into the mystery of a burned body found in Greentree Village Park on March 18.
Investigators stated that the body appears to be of a woman about 152 centimetres (five-feet) tall, but she remains unidentified.
IHIT stated that she may have been associated with a dark-coloured, small to mid-size hatchback SUV or crossover-style vehicle.
Anyone who may have seen a similar vehicle or heard any suspicious activity in the 4300 block of Garden Grove Drive between midnight and 2 a.m. on March 18 is asked to contact IHIT (contact information below).
Original article (March 18):
An investigation is underway to identify human remains that were discovered in a park in Metro Vancouver early this morning.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) stated that at 1:57 a.m. on March 18, Burnaby RCMP officers responded to a report of human remains found in Greentree Village Park near the 4300 block of Garden Grove Drive in Burnaby.
News 1130 reported that there was evidence that the remains had been burnt, and that investigators are still trying to determine the gender of the individual.
As police deemed the circumstances surrounding the remains and the area to be suspicious, they contacted IHIT for an investigation.
IHIT, Burnaby RCMP, Integrated Forensic Identification Services, and the B.C. Coroner’s Service are working together to gather evidence and other tasks on this investigation.
IHIT Det. Lana Jansen stated in a news release that the current priority is to identify the remains.
“The neighbourhood is a mixed-use residential and commercial area and believed to be used frequently, even throughout the overnight hours,” Jansen stated.
Anyone with information, CCTV or dash cam video from the area is asked to contact IHIT by calling the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-4448 or by email. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.