Police are trying to figure out if the Whalley man whose body was found inside a car that had been parked in front of a Newton elementary school for days on end had been murdered.
Vimal Chand, 29, was last seen leaving his family's home in Whalley on Saturday and was reported missing to the Surrey RCMP on Sunday.
It was believed Chand was driving his family's car, a grey 2000 Toyota Corolla with B.C. license plate number 948 FTP.
Police said a resident found Chand's body early Wednesday evening, inside a car that had been parked at 66th Avenue and 140th Street, across from Hyland elementary school, for four days.
"As to why it wasn't discovered earlier, I can't really comment," IHIT Cpl. Bari Emam told reporters Thursday.
He wouldn't confirm if Chand's body was found in the family car, or where it was seated. Police are also holding back the cause of death, Emam said. Nor would he reveal if investigators believe Chand died inside the vehicle, or was killed on site.
"This investigation is in the very early stages and the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Chand are yet to be determined," he said.
Police ask people with information to contact the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team's tip line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448).
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