IHIT investigating after body found in burned-out truck near Maple Ridge. B.C.

MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. — British Columbia's homicide team is investigating the discovery of a body found inside a pick up truck destroyed by fire in Maple Ridge.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says in a statement it has taken over the investigation, but also says it's unknown if the discovery is related to the Lower Mainland's ongoing gang conflict.

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IHIT says the body was discovered by members of the Maple Ridge Fire Department early Saturday after they responded to reports of a vehicle fire at the intersection of Park Lane and Vernon Trail.

The Ridge Meadows Serious Crime Unit was also at the fire scene before IHIT's arrival.

IHIT has yet to identify the person found inside the truck.

Police are appealing to the public for information, saying the pickup did not have a muffler and would have been making loud noises in the area.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2021.

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