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Hamilton man found dead in SUV was murdered: police

Last Updated Nov 9, 2017 at 1:12 pm EDT

Police are looking for a black 2005 Ford Escape SUV, similar to the one pictured above, in connection with a murder near Hamilton on Nov. 8, 2017. HANDOUT/Niagara Regional Police Service

Niagara regional police say a 45-year-old man whose body was found in an SUV in a rural area outside Hamilton was the victim of a homicide.

Police say the body of Johnathan Bailey, of Hamilton was found at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Township of West Lincoln.

An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday at Hamilton General Hospital.

Investigators say they are searching for a black 2005 Ford Escape, which is believed to be associated with the homicide case.

They say the vehicle has aluminum rims, a roof rack and a stick family decal on the rear bumper with a father, mother and son.

The vehicle is believed to be from Ontario or Quebec, and police add there is no front licence plate.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.