On Friday night at 10:34 pm, Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service (AFRS) firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle fire in the 5300 block of Bates Road.

Firefighters located an SUV-type vehicle that was fully engulfed in fire. When the fire was extinguished, a burned body was located inside.

Abbotsford Police Department’s Patrol Officers, Major Crime and Forensic Identification Units remain on scene at this time.

We are at the early stages of this investigation, however, this incident is being treated as suspicious.

The Abbotsford Police Major Crime Unit will be transitioning this investigation over to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

Further information and updates will be provided by IHIT.  Anyone with information about this incident should call the IHIT Tip Line at 1-877-551-4448 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

All further media inquiries and updates will be provided by IHIT.