Thursday, July 7

Bodies of woman, man found near islands


SANDAKAN: The body of a semi-naked young woman was found in the waters near Nunuyan Island here on New Year’s Day.

District police chief ACP Zabidi Mohd Zain said the discovery was made by a villager who passed by the area in a boat around 7am on January 1.

It is learnt that the woman, aged around 20, was yet to be identified as there were no identification documents found on her.

The villager, who spotted the body clad only in brown short pants and black bra, went to the General Operations Force (GOF) post at Nunuyan Island to make a report.

Criminal Investigation Department officers and marine police later went to the scene to investigate.

The body was brought to the Sandakan Marine Base jetty before being sent to the Hospital Duchess of Kent for a post-mortem.

Initial investigation revealed there were no external injuries on the body.

Meanwhile, the body of a man was found in the waters near Saddle Island in Lahad Datu on Friday.

The man has been identified as Emley Mudair, 27, after the body was discovered by a colleague at about 7am.

Lahad Datu police chief ACP Hamzah Ahmad said a police team from the Crime Investigation Department went to the scene at Jalan Silam to investigate after being informed by the Syarikat Exotic Fish cage owner.

Cuts were found on the man’s left hand and head, he said.

“Initial investigation revealed that the victim had been working as maintanance worker for Syarikat Exotic since 19 months ago. The victim was described as a quiet person and did not have any close friend.

“However, the victim had no enemy at his workplace and his roommate claimed that the victim had a girlfriend but their families objected to their relationship,” he said.

Hamzah said the victim’s body had been taken to the district hospital here for a post-mortem.

He added that police believed the victim had jumped into the sea, and had classified the case as sudden death.

Further investigation was ongoing to determine the cause of death, he said.