PULAU TIOMAN: The body of a man, found in the Mentawak River near the Juara Lagoon chalets near the Juara Turtle Project where missing Briton Gareth Huntley was volunteering has been removed from the site.
Police however, are still unable to ascertain if the body found was that of Huntley or not. The body will be flown to the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital in Kuantan for a postmortem.
Pahang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Sharifuddin Ab Ghani, said there were no documents on the body and that its face had been too badly damages from decomposition for authorities to identify it.
"We will be flying the body to Kuantan where doctors will try to ascertain who he is and how he died. From the looks of it, he wasn't a Malay I can tell you that.
"We will also fly out Huntley's family to Kuantan tomorrow to try and identify him," SDCP Sharifuddin told reporters Wednesday night.
He said it was not immediately clear how and when the man died, he said choosing not to elaborate on the types of injuries the man may have sustained.
However, a forensic source told The Star that the body had a large cut in its leg.
SDCP Sharifuddin briefed Huntley's family before speaking with the press.
He added that the case was being classified as sudden death.