Indonesian man looking for crabs believed mauled to death by crocodile

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By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Feb 14: The remains of an Indonesian, who was believed to have been killed by a crocodile on Tuesday afternoon, has been found at about 6am yesterday near where he was last seen by his nephew.

The 40-year-old victim has been identified as Muh Tahir Majid Syam, a Bugis.

His body, with bite marks, was found by a search party comprising plantation workers, who later lodged a report at the Niah police station.

Miri deputy police chief Supt Sabri Zainol said the tragedy unfolded when Muh Tahir went to the river mouth near an oil palm plantation in Batu Niah with his 24-year-old nephew Muhammad Arfan Putra Effendy to look for crabs at about 1pm.

“Upon arriving at the location, they went separate ways,” said Sabri. “But when his nephew returned to the spot where they parted, the victim was nowhere to be found, except for his belongings.”

It was understood that while searching for his uncle, the young man spotted Muh Tahir’s head floating in the river before it submerged and disappeared.

“The body was discovered on Wednesday morning at around 6am,” Sabri said.

The remains have been taken to Miri Hospital for an autopsy.

The case has been classified as sudden death.

“No foul play involved. There were bite marks on the deceased’s body, indicating that he was bitten by animals (crocodiles),” Sabri said. — DayakDaily