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Police confirm abduction, crash link

Sussex RCMP have made a positive identification in a fatal crash that occurred earlier this week.

Saint John police have confirmed the link betwen an abduction attempt on the city's east side and a fatal vehicle crash near Sussex earlier this week.

Officers wrapped up an investigation connecting a 45-year-old Oromocto man who died in a two-vehicle collision to an abduction attempt around 5:30 Monday evening.

A 44-year-old woman told officers her estranged boyfriend assaulted and tried to take her from her residence in the Champlain Heights area.

"As a result of her and neighbours in the area, she managed to get away and he fled," said Saint John police spokesman Sgt. Pat Bonner. " As a result of the information received by the victim and people, the major crime unit called the RCMP in Sussex and also other areas to be on alert for a suspect."

About an hour later, emergency crews responded to a collision outside Sussex between a pulp truck and pickup truck — which Canadian Forces Base Gagetown confirmed was a commercial military vehicle.

The crash sparked a fire, badly burning the pickup driver's remains.

Police relied on dental records to make a correct identification.

They aren't releasing the man's name until next of kin is notified.