Homicide investigation underway after man found dead in car in Richmond Hill
Rachael D'Amore, CTV News Toronto
Published Thursday, May 17, 2018 11:51AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, May 17, 2018 6:55PM EDT
Homicide detectives are investigating after a man was found dead inside a vehicle in Richmond Hill on Thursday morning.
York Regional Police say the body of a man was found in the driver’s seat of a Jeep parked in the driveway of a residence near Bayswater Avenue and Emily Court area shortly before 7 a.m.
The victim has not yet been identified. Const. Laura Nicolle said police aren’t sure whether the victim had any ties to the neighbourhood.
“We do believe that it’s a targeted incident because of some of the circumstances,” Nicolle told reporters at the scene. “This occurred just a few hours ago, or at least we became aware of it just a few hours ago. So we’re early in, we’re not going to rule anything out at this point.”
A cause of death has not been determined but Nicolle said certain circumstances involving the case “led investigators to confidently say they are looking at this as a homicide.”
With no information on possible suspects, police are turning to the community to help them determine the series of events that led up to the discovery.
A man who claims to be the victim’s uncle has told CP24 his nephew was a construction worker who lived in downtown Toronto.
He also said that his nephew’s roommates were tied up by assailants and a dog was killed.
Toronto police are investigating a home invasion at 100 Harbour Street. Police said the robbery occurred at 2:30 a.m. Thursday and a dog was killed.
Neither York or Toronto police confirmed a link between the two investigations.
A heavy police presence remains in the neighbourhood and officers will be canvassing door-to-door to speak with residents.
“We’re looking for the community to come forward with anything suspicious,” Nicolle said. “If you do review your video surveillance, regardless of where you live, and there’s something very suspicious or concerning, then we’d like to speak to those individuals as well.”
Anyone with information about the investigation is being asked to call York Regional Police or Crime Stoppers anonymously.