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Body found in burning vehicle in Burnaby identified as missing man: IHIT

Last Updated Jul 31, 2020 at 9:23 pm PDT

(Courtesy Coquitlam RCMP)

Chan, 23, was reported missing to the Coquitlam RCMP on July 21

A burning vehicle was found in Burnaby on July 22, and human remains were discovered July 29

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) — Police have identified the man whose body was found in a burning car in Burnaby just over a week ago as Randy Joseph Chan.

Chan, 23, was reported missing to the Coquitlam RCMP on July 21.

Chan has a significant police history and we understand that some people in his circle may be reluctant to talk to police, but we know there are people with inside information, said Cpl. Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP on July 27.

Police know that some people are trying to solve Chan’s disappearance on their own. But you could be adding to a cycle of violence. Please call police and let us handle it.

The car was found burning in Burnaby in July 22.

“Depending on the extent of the fire damage, particularly in car fires where accelerants such as gas are present, it is not always immediately evident that there are human remains present,” said Supt. Graham de la Gorgendiere, Assistant Officer-in-Charge of the Burnaby RCMP Detachment, in a release.

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A body was found July 29.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is releasing Chan’s name “in order to further its investigation”

“IHIT investigators are pushing ahead with their investigation and invite anyone who may have information in the hours leading up to Mr. Chan’s disappearance to call IHIT,” says Cst. Harrison Mohr.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact IHIT at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), or at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Anonymous tips can be phoned in to CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).