Tuesday, September 24

CID still probing identity of burnt skeletal remains

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Leong (left) gives a briefing to his personnel before proceeding to investigate at the scene.

KUCHING: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is still investigating the case of the burnt skeletal remains found at Jalan Pelabuhan in Pending on Sunday.

On Monday, a few CID personnel led by Sarawak CID chief Denis Leong, and members from the canine unit (K9) were at the scene from 10am.

Leong said they had only been able to confirm that the remains belonged to an adult, whose identity is still unknown.

“The remains belong to an adult, and we are still investigating to identify the deceased,” he said.

Ground samples at the scene were also taken to identify the type of fuel used to burn the deceased. Members of the public who may have witnessed the incident or have any information about the incident are urged to contact the nearest police station.

“We believe that burning a corpse requires a huge fire, and if any member of the public has seen a huge fire at the scene to contact us to help in the investigation,” he said.

It was reported on Monday that the skeletal remains were found by two men at 11am on Sunday while they were looking for scrap metals in the vicinity. A police report was made at 1.16am Monday.

Kuching District police chief ACP Awang Din Awang Gani, in a press statement, said the remains were extremely charred and mostly reduced to ashes.

“The bones that we could identify are the feet, hip and skull. No documents were found in the vicinity,” he said, adding that the case has been classified as murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code.