With no fresh leads, SAR for missing toddler called off

Desmen Davey

KUCHING, Nov 14: The search and rescue (SAR) operation to look for two-year-old Desmen Davey, who went missing from a kampung house in Simunjan, has been called off.

The SAR team stopped the operation yesterday afternoon after a discussion with family members.

Samarahan Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) chief Muhammad Syamil Mustafa Kamal reportedly said that they would continue the SAR operation if there are new leads.

The SAR team, comprising Bomba personnel, four police personnel, and 70 people from the kampung, had been searching high and low for the toddler in about 2km radius range from the house he was reported missing from, continuously for one week.

The SAR team search for the missing toddler.

The SAR started on Nov 6 when the boy was reported missing from his grandmother’s house at Kampung Ruan Baru.


His grandmother had just given Desmen a bath and left him on a chair in the living room before continuing with her chores.

She couldn’t find Desmen a short while later and the whole family started searching for him frantically inside the house and the surrounding area, but he was nowhere to be found.

The search mission remained unsuccessful and has even puzzled personnel who found no rivers or big drains in the area.

The SAR team strategise during the operation.

The kampung is a resettlement village for former squatters and located in a place surrounded by forests.

The police is expected to take over and investigate the case. — DayakDaily