Surrey RCMP trying to ID Whalley shed fire victim

Surrey RCMP trying to ID Whalley shed fire victim

The fire, in the 10800-block of 132nd Street on January 29, claimed the life of a young man.

SURREY — Police need help to identify a man who died in a shed fire earlier this year in Whalley.

“The victim is believed to be of no fixed address,” Surrey RCMP Corporal Scotty Schumann said.

Surrey Mounties were called to the fire, in the 10800-block of 132nd Street, at about 7 a.m. on January 29.

Firefighters found the man’s body after putting out the blaze, which fully engulfed the shed.

Schumann said the shed “was a well-known spot for homeless persons to seek refuge.

“There is no foul play suspected, however, officers are still trying to identify the deceased person to notify next of kin.”

According to the B.C. Coroners Service, the man was white, about five feet six inches tall, 140 pounds and likely in his 20s or 30s.

“Investigators have exhausted all avenues to identity the victim including dental records, checking missing person reports and canvassing the area,” Schumann said. “Someone somewhere must have a friend or acquaintance that has not been seen for a few months. We would like these people to contact police as soon as possible.”

Police ask anyone with information to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, and quote file number 2017-12847.