UPDATED: Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail

Police report a body was found in the burnt out trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

UPDATED: Wednesday Jan. 17 at 1 p.m.

The RCMP release, issued late Tuesday, leaves more questions than answers at this time.

Investigators are releasing few details other than the make and model of car, which is described as a 1999 Honda Civic four-door sedan, grey in colour.

There is no public alert at this point, however police are asking anyone with information to step forward.

“With respect to public safety, you will note that we have not issued a notice to the public with respect to safety concerns,” Southeast District NCO Cpl. Dan Moskaluk told the Trail Times Wednesday morning.

“That being said though, the investigation is just in the preliminary stages, we are at the beginning of the steps here,” Moskaluk continued. “But we don’t have any indications from the onset that would prompt us to make such an advisory to the public.”

The discovery shutdown the highway until early morning hours, though traffic remained single lane until approximately 5 p.m. Monday to permit investigators to process the scene.

Moskaluk declined to say where the vehicle was taken for further forensics, but added, “it would have been the RCMP forensics unit that would have taken charge of it, again under the continuity of the seizures made by Southeast District crime unit.”

Additionally, there was no information released on the identity or gender of the deceased by press time Wednesday.

Greater Trail RCMP and the Southeast District RCMP are continuing their investigation into the suspicious death.

“The big thing is information,” Moskaluk said. “If you have any information don’t assume anyone else has reported it.”

Members of the public are asked to call the Greater Trail detachment at 250.364.2566.

Anyone wishing to provide information can also do so anonymously by calling Crimestoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS (8477) or by leaving a tip at www.bccrimestoppers.com.

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The Trail and Greater District RCMP have confirmed a body was found in the trunk of burnt out vehicle near Genelle.

In a Tuesday night news release, police report that the vehicle was left abandoned and set ablaze on Highway 22 on the weekend.

“The death is being treated as suspicious,” the release stated.

Shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 14, Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue responded to a report of a vehicle fire just outside the Genelle Flats on the southbound shoulder of Highway 22 approximately 11 km north of Trail.

B.C. RCMP investigators also attended the scene.

The discovery caused a closure of the highway to permit investigators to process the scene on Sunday and until around 5 p.m. Monday.

Given the circumstances, the Southeast District Major Crime Unit has taken carriage of the investigation.

The RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit and Trail RCMP Detachment are continuing their investigation into the suspicious death.

The burnt out vehicle is described as a 1999 Honda Civic, 4-door sedan, and grey in colour.

No further information is being released at this time.

Police are seeking the public’s assistance with this investigation. In particular, police seek to speak with anyone who was in this area during the weekend of Jan. 13 and Jan. 14.

Members of the public are asked to call the Greater Trail detachment at 250.364.2566.

Anyone wishing to provide information can also do so anonymously by calling Crimestoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS (8477) or by leaving a tip at www.bccrimestoppers.com.

First story of incident here: Genelle vehicle incident

RCMP issued a photo and described the burnt out vehicle as a 1999 Honda Civic 4-door grey sedan:

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