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Police working to identify body found near North Preston

The body of a person was found near North Preston Wednesday afternoonas Halifax RCMP continued its search for missing cab driver SergeiKostin.

The body of a person was found near North Preston Wednesday afternoon as Halifax RCMP continued its search for missing cab driver Sergei Kostin.

Cpl. Joe Taplin of the RCMP said the HRM integrated major crime unit was searching around Upper Governor Road and came upon a body about 20 feet off the roadway.

The body was found around 4:30 p.m., and 30 minutes later the RCMP forensic identification unit arrived to start its investigation.

“Right now all we have is a body,” Taplin said. “We haven’t been able to confirm sex as of yet.”

Kostin, a 40-year-old from Ukraine, hasn’t been heard from since picking up a fare on Gaston Road in Dartmouth at about 3:30 p.m. Jan. 17.

Investigators fear foul play and want to speak with two males who are believed to be his final customers of the day.

Three days after going missing, Kostin’s burned taxi was located at the end of Downey Road in North Preston.

An extensive search of the surrounding area failed to locate him, and followup searches, like Wednesday’s, have been taking place since.

“To speculate if it’s Sergei, we can’t go down that, but we’d never rule it out,” Taplin said.

 
 
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