Police look into missing man's life after bodies found in burned-out vehicle

OPP vehicles are pictured at the scene after a burned out vehicle was found early Friday morning...

OPP vehicles are pictured at the scene after a burned out vehicle was found early Friday morning with three bodies inside. (ZACH MACPHERSON/QMI Agency)

Terry Davidson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:05 AM ET

TORONTO -- Police will be looking into the personal life of a missing Mississauga, Ont., man who vanished with his two kids last week -- merely hours before three charred bodies were found in a burned-out vehicle more than 130 kilometres away.

Peel Regional Police Const. George Tudos said Tuesday that investigators will continue to speak with the family, friends, acquaintances and neighbours of Samuel Masih, 36, who vanished last Thursday with his two young sons after calling his wife to say he and the boys were going to the movies.

Masih's wife, Brintha Shanmugalingam, called police around 1:30 a.m. Friday after Masih and the couple's two sons failed to return to the family's Mississauga home.

Around 5:30 a.m. that same morning, the OPP responded to a call about a four-door hatchback engulfed in flames in Oro-Medonte Township northeast of Barrie, Ont., a short distance away from a drive-in movie theatre.

Police found the charred remains of three people inside the vehicle after putting out the fire.

Police have not ruled out a connection between the two incidents.

Tudos confirmed investigators will be looking into various aspects of Masih's life. There have been media reports that the couple were headed for a divorce.

"We're going to look at everything, talk to people about what kind of relationship it was," said Tudos, adding that police will cast a wide net when it comes to who will be questioned.

Tudos said police could ask people if Masih has any known enemies, if he has money issues, or if there was any kind of conflict in his family over his two sons, aged 4 and 10.

Meanwhile, OPP spokesman Peter Leon said an autopsy was conducted Tuesday afternoon on the remains of the three bodies.

terry.davidson@sunmedia.ca


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