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Vancouver Police ID homicide victim from car fire

Police tape is used to section off a crime scene in Vancouver.

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Police have identified the man whose remains were found in a suspicious car fire in Vancouver.

At a news conference on Thursday, Vancouver police identified the victim as Matthew Johnathon Hall, 23, of Richmond. Court records show Mr. Hall is known to police, having been charged with break-and-enter and assault in the past few years.

"I don't have a lot of details about the victim at this time," Vancouver police spokesman Sergeant Randy Fincham told reporters at the news conference. "We are speaking with the victim's family and attempting to gather some information on him."

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Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services were called to the fire, in the 1500 block of Carolina Street near Terminal Avenue, around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Investigators believe the car fire was deliberately set.

The homicide is Vancouver's ninth of 2012.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Vancouver Police Major Crime Section at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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