Updated: police identify man found dead in stolen vehicle's trunk in East Vancouver

18-year-old Sachdeep Singh Dhoot of Surrey had been missing since last week

An 18-year-old Surrey man whose body was found in the trunk of a car in East Vancouver on Thursday night had been missing since last week.

Vancouver Police have identified 18-year-old Sachdeep Singh Dhoot of Surrey as Vancouver’s third homicide victim of 2018.

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Officers were called to the area of Fairmont Street and Vanness Avenue just after 3 p.m. on Jan. 18, to investigate a report of a stolen vehicle. Officers found Dhoot’s body in the trunk of the vehicle.

Investigators have confirmed that Dhoot was reported missing last week to the Surrey RCMP, who were investigating. According to a Surrey Now-Leader report, Dhoot was last seen in Newton on Jan. 9 and was associated with a blue four-door Pontiac Sunfire.

Based on the information collected so far, said Vancouver police spokesperson Const. Jason Doucette, this does not appear to be a random murder. Dhoot was known to police.

"Our investigators have looked at the basic information... what was located at the scene, how everything is coming together at this point it does not appear to be random," he said. "If that changes I will be making a notification to the public," he said.

Doucette added that police have no information at this point that links this murder to the fatal shooting on Broadway or any other recent incidents.

"We don't have information to believe that this incident is related to any other crime," he said. "We are looking at the circumstances surrounding this offence."

Police are asking anyone with information about this murder to contact investigators at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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