Half body found at Niah River, believed to be another croc attack

The half body of an unknown male being brought to Miri Hospital on Tuesday night (July 2, 2019).

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, July 3: The lower half of a body was found floating at the Niah River on Tuesday afternoon (July 2).

It was found by two local fishermen who were hunting for crabs around 1.30 pm of the same day.  

Miri police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah said the body, believed to be a male adult, had been sent to Miri Hospital for post mortem and identification purposes.

“The body part found was from the waist down, including the legs, and we believe the man may have been attacked by crocodiles,” said Lim when contacted.

According to Lim, the two fishermen were on a boat ride looking for crabs when they spotted some crocodiles attacking the floating body.

Lim said they managed to drive away the crocodiles and brought the body to somewhere near Niah Bridge which is 10-minute boat ride away.

An alert was sent to Batu Niah Police Station immediately at 2.40 pm while a team of Miri Police rushed to the scene.

The family of a Chinese man who went missing on June 29 (last Saturday) were seen arriving at the Miri Hospital morgue to identify the body. 

“We have not yet confirmed the identity of the body,” said Lim.

He said preliminary post mortem results showed that there was no foul play. — DayakDaily