Man's body found in trunk of burned vehicle marks Montreal's 10th homicide this year

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Emergency crews were called about a vehicle on fire in Pointe aux Prairies Park, on Gouin Boulevard, in the Rivière-des-Prairies borough just after midnight. (Stéphane Grégoire/Radio-Canada - image credit)
Emergency crews were called about a vehicle on fire in Pointe aux Prairies Park, on Gouin Boulevard, in the Rivière-des-Prairies borough just after midnight. (Stéphane Grégoire/Radio-Canada - image credit)

Montreal police are now treating the death of a man found inside a burned vehicle in the city's east end as a homicide.

Emergency crews were called about a vehicle on fire in Pointe aux Prairies Park, on Gouin Boulevard, in the Rivière-des-Prairies borough just after midnight on Sunday.

Once the flames were extinguished, officers found a dead body in the trunk of the vehicle, according to Jean-Pierre Brabant, spokesperson for the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM).

"For now, we're trying to understand the circumstances that led to that vehicle [being on] fire," said Brabant.

The man's death marks the city's 10th reported homicide this year.

Police have not yet been able to identify the man, according to Brabant, but an autopsy will be performed in the coming days to try to determine who he is and the cause of his death.

Police have set up a command post in the area and crime scene technicians are investigating.

The SPVM is asking members of the public to come forward if they have any information.

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