Body of orang asli child identified, another found at riverbank

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  • Friday, 09 Oct 2015

GUA MUSANG: The bodies of two children, one identified as that of an orang asli pupil missing since August, have been found at Sungai Perias riverbank here.

The skeletal remains of a child, which included a human skull and torso, were recovered by Senoi Praaq General Operation Force members at the riverbank at about 4pm yesterday.

Sources said the skull had a number of fractures, believed to have been caused by a fall.

OCPD Supt Saiful Bahri Abdullah confirmed the find, adding that police needed to check whether the remains were that of one of the missing children.

The remains were taken to Gua Musang Hospital, 46km away, at about 8.40pm.

About 24 hours earlier, the first body, later identified as that of Sasa Sobrie, eight, was recovered at the same river, about 800m from where the skeletal remains were found.

Orang asli Sobrie Latif and his wife Amek Alang in tears as they are calmed down by relatives after Sobrie identified the body of their eight-year-old daughter Sasa – one of the seven children missing since Aug 23 – at the Gua Musang hospital. The skeletal remains of another child have also been found.

The area is located about 500m from the school hostel where the seven children had been staying.

Sasa’s father Sobrie Latif identified his daughter’s body at the mortuary yesterday: “Sah, itu Sasa (It’s confirmed, it’s Sasa).

“I knew that it was Sasa based on a birthmark and the earring that she wore,” he said.

Sasa and the six children had reportedly fled their school hostel and run into the nearby jungle on Aug 23, fearing punishment after they were caught swimming in a nearby river without permission.

The six others were Mirsudiar Aluj, 11, Norieen Yaakob, 10, Ika Ayel, nine, Haikal Yaakob, eight, Linda Rosli, eight, and Juvina David, seven.

Supt Saiful Bahri said although Sasa’s body was identified by her father, the authorities would only make a confirmation after a DNA test is completed.

Sad loss: Sasa Sobrie, eight, in happier times. Her body was identified based on a birthmark.
Sad loss: Sasa Sobrie, eight, in happier times. Her body was identified based on a birthmark.

Hospital director Dr Nik Mohd Faizal Zainal Abidin said a post-mortem report revealed that Sasa could have died about two weeks ago.

“The body was intact. It could have been in the river for between seven and 14 days,” he added.

Midah Angah, 38, who is the mother of Norieen and Haikal, said she had given up hope that her children would be found alive.

Kelantan police chief Datuk Mazlan Lazim said police would now focus the search at Sungai Perias and deploy divers there.

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