Nova Scotia

Man found in North Preston car trunk was victim of homicide, police say

RCMP identify the man as Tylor McInnis, 26, of Halifax.

RCMP identify victim as Tylor McInnis, 26, of Halifax

RCMP says Tylor McInnis, 26, of Halifax was found dead in a stolen car this week. (Facebook)

RCMP have identified a man who was found dead in the trunk of a car in a North Preston, N.S., cemetery.

The body of Tylor Donovan McInnis, 26, of Halifax was discovered by police on Tuesday. He was the victim of a homicide, RCMP confirmed on Wednesday afternoon following an autopsy. 

His body was found in the trunk of a stolen car left in the St. Thomas Baptist Church cemetery on Upper Governor Street. 

"Our thoughts are not only with determining what happened here, but also with the family of this individual," RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said Wednesday afternoon.

A man's body was found inside a stolen car in the St. Thomas Baptist Church cemetery. (Dave Laughlin/CBC)

Looking for connections to recent homicides

The homicide was not a random act, and police have no one in custody and no suspects, Hutchinson said.

Police are looking into connections between this homicide and a string of shooting deaths that took place in the Halifax area this spring, he said. Hutchinson said the public is not in danger.

He said police are not disclosing how McInnis died while the investigation is ongoing.

RCMP are looking to speak with anyone who was in the area between 9 p.m. on Monday and around 11 a.m. on Tuesday. (Dave Laughlin/CBC)

No weapon found

A black Honda Civic was reported stolen at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday and police found the car and body shortly afterward.

Hutchinson could not say whether McInnis was killed elsewhere and his body taken to North Preston. 

The cemetery was cordoned off with police tape on Wednesday. Police have not found a weapon, Hutchinson said. 

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone who was in the area between 9 p.m. on Monday and 11 a.m. on Tuesday is asked to call police at 902-490-5020 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

With files from Sherri Borden Colley, David Burke and Kyah Sparks