Prince George man’s death being treated as a homicide

RCMP found the body of a 40-year-old man in a ditch south of city limits on Jan. 12

Prince George man’s death being treated as a homicide

Police are trying to determine if there is a connection between a vehicle fire just west of Prince George city limits and the discovery of a man’s body just south of the city.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a person laying in the ditch along West Lake Estates Road, off Blackwater Road, south of city limits, according to a press release from the RCMP.

Officers located a deceased man in the ditch. Police have not released the man’s name but have described him as a 40-year-old resident of Prince George.

The BC RCMP’s North District Major Crime Unit was called in and took over the investigation, and investigators are treating this death as a homicide.

“At this time, investigators do not believe this is a random event,” according to the press release.

Earlier that day, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Prince George RCMP received a report of a vehicle fire on Chilako Station Road, off Highway 16 in the Beaverly area, just west of Prince George city limits. The vehicle appeared to be abandoned.

The Beaverly Volunteer Fire Department attended and extinguished the fire.

Police are attempting to determine if there is a connection between the abandoned vehicle fire and the homicide, and investigators are asking anyone with information about suspicious vehicles or persons on West Lake Estates Road, Blackwater Road, Jan. 12 to contact the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca.

No further information is available at this time.