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Burned body found at Burnaby park, homicide team called in

Last Updated Mar 18, 2021 at 12:18 pm PDT

Police tape up at Greentree Village Park in Burnaby on March 18, 2021. (Eric Lai/CityNews)
Summary

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called in after human remains were found at Greentree Village Park

Investigators say the remains were burned so badly, they are having a hard time identifying the body

IHIT believes the burned remains are that of a woman

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called to Burnaby, where a burned body was found in a park early Thursday morning.

IHIT says the remains were found shortly before 2 a.m. in Greentree Village Park, in the area of Garden Grove Drive near Village Drive.

“When the Burnaby frontline officers did respond to this area, and when they found the human remains, there was evidence of burning,” Det. Lara Jansen with IHIT said.

She says the remains were burned so badly, investigators are having a hard time identifying the body.

“The identity of the victim cannot be confirmed, and that includes whether it’s a man or a woman,” Jansen said. “What I can tell you is that investigators believe it’s a woman, but due to the circumstances involved with the burning of the body, that has not yet been confirmed.”

Police tape was up around the park, which is near the BCIT campus, Thursday.

Police tape up at Greentree Village Park in Burnaby on March 18, 2021. (Eric Lai/CityNews)

“This, by all accounts, is known to be a busy park in a family neighbourhood. Certainly, it is concerning,” Jansen said. “What I would encourage, at this time, is that members of this community and every community remain vigilant. Take care of one another. And if you see suspicious activity, call your local police detachment … and report it.”

Police want to hear from anyone with information, CCTV or dash cam video from the area. If you have information that could help investigators, you’re asked to contact IHIT at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)