A body discovered in September in a burnt-out Camaro along the railway tracks in Langley was an “international man of mystery,” homicide investigators said yesterday.

The man, identified as Stephen Robert Guzzo, 31, was a fugitive from Austin, Texas, who had fled to the Lower Mainland in 2006 while on bail for growing marijuana.

“Mr. Guzzo was quite the chameleon,” said Cpl. Dale Carr in a press release yesterday. “Living a life of lies the entire time he was here in Canada.”

Guzzo lived in Newton, Chilliwack and Fleetwood. He took the name Gino Portillo and was known to his friends as Gino and James Woods.

Investigators want to speak with people who knew Guzzo and who may be able to shed some light on him.

In the early morning of Sept. 23, Guzzo’s body was discovered inside a stolen 1982 white Chevrolet Camaro that was burning and abandoned about 200 metres along the railway tracks from 208th Street.

Firefighters found the badly damaged body after the fire was out.

Originally from the Chicago area, Guzzo had run-ins with the law in Illinois and spent some time in prison. He moved to Austin, where he was jailed for growing pot, and fled to Canada four years ago while on bail.