UPDATE WITH VIDEO/PHOTOS: Torched Langley body confirmed to be that of a woman

It was a female found dead when firefighters attended a grass fire next to the university Saturday.

Firefighters made a grisly discovery early Saturday morning, while fighting a grass fire in Langley.

After a human body was found at about 2 a.m. Saturday morning (Aug. 5), Langley RCMP were called to a field adjacent to the 6000 block of Glover Road.

Langley firefighters were extinguishing a grass fire, when they “discovered an obviously deceased person,” said RCMP Cpl. Holly Largy.

The field is just to the northeast of the Esso gas station on the corner of Glover Road and the Langley Bypass. A canopy set up by a forensic unit was in the field near garden plots and greenhouses on the land of Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Langley RCMP’s serious crime section has assumed conduct of the investigation and cordoned off the area around the scene during the weekend.

Police now believe they have identified the deceased person, a woman.

Final confirmation of the person’s identity is waiting on dental records. Police have contacted the presumed victim’s family members, said Largy.

An autopsy to determine the cause of death is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 9.

While police could not say for certain that the death is not a homicide, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was not called in.

There was a homeless camp in the area, and drug paraphernalia was found near the body, said Largy.

If anyone has information that might assist with this investigation, they are asked to call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.

 

Police cordoned off an area between the Esso gas station at Glover Road and the Langley Bypass, over to the edge of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s horticulture department gardens Saturday. A body was found there overnight, when firefighters arrived to extinguish a grass fire. (Roxanne Hooper and Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance)