In The Blue Mountains, Ontario, a single-vehicle crash left a 38-year-old man with murder charges. A grey Mitsubishi Outlander SUV was traveling north on Arrowhead Road, just south of Highway 26, when it off the road, according to the Ontario Provincial Police, about 5:55 a.m. on Jan. 26.
The car went down an embankment, according to the police, and when it stopped, it caught fire.
A dead body was discovered inside the car, according to the authorities.
Officers have identified the deceased as Collingwood resident Ashley Schwalm, 40.
According to the police, Collingwood resident James Schwalm, 38, was detained on Thursday.
He faces charges of second-degree murder and cruel treatment of a corpse.
The accused, according to a source who spoke to Global News, was a fire captain with Brampton Fire and Emergency Services.
The OPP arrested and charged a member of the Fire and Emergency Services with second-degree murder and another offense, according to a statement released by the City of Brampton on Friday.
The statement added, “This is a continuing inquiry, and the case has not yet been proven in court.”
In accordance with the Collective Agreement and the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, the employee “has been notified of their termination for cause,” the city stated.
The statement stated, “Our thoughts and prayers remain with the affected family and friends, as well as those grieving the loss during this extremely trying time. The City is unable to speak further since this matter is pending before the courts.
According to police, the suspect was detained pending a bail hearing.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers or the police.