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Deaths of 2 people found in torched car near Summerland were homicides: RCMP


The investigation into the deaths of two people found in a torched car near Summerland this past weekend has become a homicide probe.

The bodies were found after Summerland Fire Department extinguished the vehicle fire on Saturday morning, Aug. 6. The stolen vehicle and the burned bodies were found on Garnet Valley Road, outside Summerland.

The RCMP's major crimes unit took over the investigation by the next day, but hadn't confirmed the two people were victims of a homicide.

Police confirmed the homicide investigation in a news release issued today, Aug. 9, saying the investigation is connected with a car chase in Abbotsford on Aug. 7.

Abbotsford police officers came across a stolen white Acura and now know it was connected to the Summerland investigation.

The Abbotsford officers used their police vehicles to stop the Acura during the chase, but it veered from the road and struck a tree, and a female passenger was killed.

The male driver died later in hospital, according to the Independent Investigations Office of B.C., which is investigating those deaths and the Abbotsford police officers involvement.

RCMP have not identified any of the four deceased, nor explained the link between the burned car and the stolen Acura.

"The RCMP's homicide investigation is ongoing," the release reads. "No further details will be released at this time."

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