Mystery afoot as search initiated for missing second limb

Supt Dr Collin Babat

SIBU, Jan 17: The search is on for the right foot of a man after his left foot was found by a staff of a recycling shop near Bukit Lima Cemetery yesterday.

Speaking to reporters after attending a monthly police assembly today, Sibu acting district police chief, Supt Dr Collin Babat said they were still unsure where the right foot is.

“We have identified the owner of the left foot. He is an Iban, about 70-years-old from Selangau. But a DNA test will be taken to make sure the leg is his,”he said.

Dr Collin said the man had just recently had both his feet amputated at Sibu Hospital as he is diabetic. After the surgery, he had asked a family member to dispose of the two limbs which were amputated from the knee down.

“The two limbs had probably been put in a box with the name of the patient. The family member had buried them one foot underground in the cemetery. However, a stray dog dragged the left foot out. It was found by a staff of a recycling shop near the cemetery,” he said.

The man,he added, is still at the hospital for follow-up treatment after the surgery.

“At first we thought it (discovery of the left foot) could be linked to a murder case but after investigation, we found that there was no criminal element involved,” he said. — DayakDaily