3 bodies found in burned-out vehicle near Barrie

Ontario Provincial Police officers search the long grass at Oro-Medonte Township's 4th Line, along...

Ontario Provincial Police officers search the long grass at Oro-Medonte Township's 4th Line, along Holick Road, just north of Barrie, after police found three separate possible human remains inside a burned vehicle there on July 4, 2014. (Bob Bruton/QMI Agency)

Bob Bruton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:38 AM ET

ORO-MEDONTE TWP., Ont. — Police are puzzled by the gruesome discovery of the remains of three people in a burned car north of Barrie.

“We're not sure what we're dealing with,” said Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Peter Leon on Friday.

Police responded to a report of a car fire shortly after 5:30 a.m. Friday morning.

When the fire was extinguished, officers found inside what they believe to be three separate sets of human remains.

The vehicle and contents have since been removed to the Centre of Forensic Science in Toronto for further forensic investigation and post-mortem examination.

“It was burnt beyond recognition. I was there,” Leon said of the vehicle. “I had to ask somebody what the vehicle was. It's definitely not a minivan or a pickup truck, but it's a passenger vehicle of some type.”

It had Ontario licence plates.

Police say there is no concern for public safety,

“At this time, there's nothing to suggest that there is any issue regarding safety of the public, but again, vigilance is always very important at all times,” Leon said.

Police hope to have autopsy results on Saturday.

The case is eerily similar to one last summer, in the same area north of Toronto, where a Brampton, Ont., man was found in a burned-out vehicle.

Five people were charged in the mysterious death of Herminder Bhandal, 39.

The case is still going through the courts.


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