Two young men were found dead inside a vehicle Friday in a rural area of Abbotsford, B.C., police said.
The bodies — which had visible "signs of trauma" — were discovered at about 9 a.m. PT by city maintenance workers who were doing regular checks in the area of Lower Sumas Mountain Road, RCMP Cpl. Dale Carr said.
"They came across what they thought was an abandoned stolen car, but when they checked closer, they determined that there were two males slumped inside the vehicle," said Carr of the Integrated Homicide Investigative Team.
Investigators believe the vehicle, described only as a "dark-coloured import," had only been there for the last 24 hours, Carr said.
They used tracking dogs to conduct a ground search at the scene, about half a kilometre from any residence, as well as an aerial search with an RCMP helicopter, Carr said.
The victims, who have not yet been identified, appeared to be in their late teens and early 20s, Carr said.
Autopsies will be conducted on Monday at the earliest and Carr did not speculate on a cause of death.
"It's difficult for us to say at this time … because we don't know the nature of what went on and what has caused these two individuals to be deceased," he said.
A Vancouver radio station reported Friday night that an Abbotsford man called in and said his son and his friend were apparently kidnapped Thursday night during an incident near Bateman Park.
The RCMP said they were still trying to determine if the two bodies found were that of the missing young men, the report said.