MIRI: A body of a man clad only in a T-shirt was found at the Sarawak Maritime Training Centre (SMTC) Batu 1, Kuala Baram beach.
The man, believed to be in his 30s and a Malaysian based on his BCG inoculation mark, was found face down with both hands tied behind his back with an underwear yesterday morning.
Miri police chief ACP Mun Kock Keong said police received a call from an unidentified man about the body on the beach at 8.30am.
“We went to the beach and found the man lying face down with his hands tied behind his back,” said ACP Mun at a press conference yesterday.
He said based on initial investigation, blood and wound found on the left side of the man’s face indicated that he had died within the last 24 hours.
ACP Mun said the wound was believed to have been caused by a sharp object.
“There was a pool of blood on the sand near the victim’s body but we have yet to identify where it came from,” he said, adding that they had yet to ascertain the identity of the man.
He added that the dead man had a dragon tattoo on his back, a floral one on his left arm and on his right arm a “Yin and Yang” tattoo.
When asked whether the underwear used to tie the victim’s hands was his own, ACP Mun said: “Not sure.”
“We have classified this case as murder and we are investigating it under 302 of the Penal Code.
“We have checked our system but there has been no missing person report in Miri so far,” he said, adding that they would expand the missing person search throughout Sarawak.
ACP Mun said the body had been sent to Miri General Hospital mortuary for a post-mortem.
“We will only know the actual cause of death after the post-mortem. When asked whether the murder case had any link with the ship captain murder in Kuala Baram over the weekend, ACP Mun said: “We are not sure.”
He urged anyone who has any information related to the case to contact the police, himself or investigating officer ASP Zainal at 0111 - 209 9878.
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