Newfoundland and Labrador declare the death of a person found in a burnt out vehicle as a homicide

Newfoundland Murder Victim List 2023 is available here

Newfoundland RCMP res report of an abandoned burned out vehicle in a wooded area near Glover Road in Harbour Grace on April 11th. Human remains were located inside the vehicle.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has since determined the identity of the victim and has deemed the death a homicide. Investigations have not released the identity or gender of the deceased.

Update April 26th
The victim has been identified as 34-year-old Adam Mercer. Police believe that Adam Mercer was murdered by more than one person. Investigators are gathering further evidence to support charges against those directly responsible, police are investigating other individuals for accessory to the murder and believe there are witnesses who are withholding information that could assist investigators.

According to the RCMP Adam Mercer is believed to have been in the parking lot of the Baccalieu Trail Pharmacy in South River on the afternoon of Easter Sunday, April 9, between 3:00-4:00 p.m. with other people. Police are interested in speaking with anyone who can identify the drivers of the following vehicles seen in the area: a black Ford 150 pickup, a black Subaru hatchback and a grey Mazda 3 hatchback.

Police released an image of an individual shown in a pickup truck at the Irving gas station in Harbour Grace at 10:17 a.m. on April 9. Police know that Adam Mercer was with this person at the gas station.

RCMP NL MCU are asking the public to specifically report information about the following:

  • Anyone who saw Adam Mercer and the vehicles at the Baccalieu Trail Pharmacy in South River or has dash cam/surveillance footage from the area during 3:00-4:00 p.m. on April 9.
  • The identity of the individual who was at the Irving gas station with Adam Mercer (see images).
  • Dash cam footage captured in the area of Glover Road between noon on Sunday April 9 and noon on Monday April 10 that includes any of the above mentioned vehicles.

Anyone with information is asked to contact RCMP Major Crime Unit at 709-772-5433 or 709-637-4420. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).