Half body still unknown, police awaiting DNA test results

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By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Aug 8: The police are still waiting for the DNA test results to identify the half body, believed to be a man, found floating in Niah River, Suai, on July 2.

Miri police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah, who gave the update, however did not disclose when the results would be known.

“We are still waiting for the DNA test results,” he said in a brief reply when contacted today.

The lower half body was found floating at the Niah River at around 1.30pm by two local fishermen who were hunting for crabs. They immediately alerted the police on the same day.

The body part that was found was from the waist down, including the legs and the police believed the victim may have been attacked by crocodiles, Lim said at the time.

According to him, the two fishermen were on a boat ride looking for crabs when they spotted some crocodiles eating the remains of the floating body. They managed to drive away the crocodiles and brought the body to a spot near Niah Bridge.

At the time, the family of an elderly man that was reported missing on June 29 went to the Miri Hospital morgue to identify the body.

However, it is yet to be ascertained if the two cases are related.

Preliminary post mortem results showed that there was no foul play involved. — DayakDaily