The body of fisherman, Tan Chai Kok, 54, – reported missing on Sunday while catching prawns with an illegal immigrant worker from Myanmar – has been found.
Deputy Larut Matang OCPD Supt Syed A. Wahab Syed A. Kadir said the body was found in the Sungai Kuala Sanggar Kecil mangrove area at 7.30pm yesterday.
Tan’s boat was discovered at the Kuala Sepetang jetty on Tuesday. His family suspected something amiss when they found blood stains on a nylon rope and two broken teeth on his trawler boat.
The Myanmar worker who followed Tan out to sea had also disappeared from his quarters in Kuala Sepetang.
Supt Syed Wahab said police did not rule out murder.
Since Tan’s disappearance Pokok Assam assemblyman Datuk Ho Cheng Wang had also taken part in the search and rescue operations.
Sources said Tan's hands and legs were bound when his body was found.
The car-bus collision on the Ipoh-Taiping trunk road on Sunday that killed five people has claimed a sixth victim.
The car driver Ali Lokman Yahaya, 19, who suffered serious head injuries, died without regaining consciousness at the Taiping Hospital yesterday.
In the Sunday accident, Ali Lokman and five friends were heading north towards Simpang in their rented car when it collided with a bus in Bukit Gantang near here.
Four of his friends died on the spot while the fifth died on arrival at the hospital.
Ali Lokman was a final-year student at the Industrial Training Institute in Ipoh.