Blazing vehicle spotted along busy city road



ben lemphers/for metro edmonton


Edmonton police confirmed a body was found inside this charred Toyota, seen yesterday on 170th Street. The street was blocked off south of 87 Avenue for several blocks with police tape.


Police could have another homicide on their hands after a body was discovered in a burning 2003 grey Toyota Corolla along a busy stretch of road on 170 Street .

The corpse was so badly charred investigators couldn’t identify its gender, said Edmonton Police Services spokeswoman Karen Carlson.

Firefighters made the discovery shortly after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday after the blazing car was spotted in the southbound the curb lane just south of 87 Avenue near West Edmonton Mall.

"It is a busy street and there must have been someone who would have been driving by that saw something," said Carlson.

Police closed most of 170 Street between Whitemud Drive and 87 Avenue in order to complete their investigation until 3 p.m. yesterday.

Some officers were also seen patrolling some of the nearby townhomes looking for witnesses yesterday morning. Homicide detectives were also called in.

A medical examiner was scheduled to conduct an autopsy today and investigators are hoping it can confirm the victim’s identity, gender and cause of death, says Carlson.

Police said the car had not been reported stolen and arson investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

Edmonton has so far recorded five homicides in 2008.

contact police

  • Police are asking anyone who may have seen the vehicle before it caught on fire to contact their non-emergency line at 423-4567.