Friday, March 22

Police to circulate photofits of three missing Indonesian fishermen

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SABAK BERNAM: Police will circulate photofits of three Indonesian men who disappeared with two local fishermen to the public soon for information on their whereabouts.

Sabak Bernam police chief Supt Noor Mushar Mohamad said police had also launched a manhunt for the three Indonesians, aged between 30 and 35, who were believed to be still in Sungai Besar here and Sekinchan, Tanjong Karang.

“We have also launched a search for the two local fishermen, with assistance from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and the Fire and Rescue Department,” he added.

On the blood-stained mattress found about 23 nautical miles of Kampung Bagan Sungai Besar here, he said it was human blood stain, but no weapon had been found.

“Police are still investigating the case as a missing persons case and the search for the missing persons will continue,” he added.

On Sunday, a missing person report was lodged on the five fishermen when they could not be located after their fishing boat, with bloodstains splattered inside the vessel, was found docked at the jetty.

The fishermen had left on a fishing expedition on Wednesday and were scheduled to return two days later.

The boat owner suspected something amiss and lodged a police report after he found the fishing vessel docked at the jetty, with bloodstains inside it and the fishermen no where in sight.

The two local fishermen reported missing were the boat skipper, Chia Yeow Chian, 41, and Ismail Rejab, 41, both from Kampung Bagan Sungai Besar.

The identity of the three Indonesian fishermen has yet to be ascertained. — Bernama