British Columbia

Burned body found on Vancouver Island

Burned human remains have been found in a densely wooded area near Duncan, B.C. on southern Vancouver Island, police say.

Burned human remains have been found in a densely wooded area near Duncan, B.C. on southern Vancouver Island, police say.

The remains were discovered Monday by a local resident picking berries a few metres from a hiking trail off Elliott Road in the community of Glenora, RCMP Cpl. Darren Lagan said Tuesday.

Police suspect foul play is involved, Lagan said.

He said police hope to learn the age and sex of the person through an autopsy, which will be conducted Wednesday.

The discovery is disturbingly similar to the widely reported homicide of Kimberly Proctor. The burned body of the 18-year-old was found in March near a hiking trail in Colwood, B.C., about 40 kilometres south of Monday's find.

Two teenage boys were charged in June with first-degree murder in connection with Proctor's slaying.