Vancouver and Squamish news media are reporting a burned out vehicle found on the Cheekye Forest Service Rd.
Information of the incident in question first surfaced online on the Squamish Climbing Public Facebook Group with a post stating that a frequent contributor of the group, Jesse James, had died in a vehicle fire. As the community dealt with the news online, a number of testaments to Jesse’s character were posted along with some questions regarding the story.
According to Joseph Wong, a member of the Vancouver climbing community, Jesse James drove the same vehicle as described in police report and often slept the night in the Cat Lake area.
However, it should be noted that the RCMP have not identified the body at this time and the nature of the incident is unclear given official reports.
Below is the original media release.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is looking into the death of a man whose body was found a week ago inside a burned-out vehicle on the Cheekye Forest Service Road, north of Squamish.
The man “remains unidentified,” Squamish RCMP Cpl. Sascha Banks said in an email. The vehicle has been identified as a 2000 red GMC Yukon XL.
The burned out vehicle is a 2000 GMC Yukon XL similar to this. SUBMITTED / RCMP
“Due to the difficulty of fire investigations and the suspicious nature of the incident IHIT was engaged from the onset,” Cpl. Banks added. The man’s death has been determined to be a homicide.
Anyone with information about the man or the vehicle or who saw any suspicious activity on the Cheekye FSR between June 13 and 14 are asked to contact police via the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Squamish Climbing Magazine will provide more details on this story as it unfolds.