SEREMBAN: On June 20 last year, 29-year-old Yow Siong Heng went missing after leaving home to go on a fishing trip.
Attempts to trace his whereabouts proved futile, prompting his family to lodge a missing person's report several days later.
Police, however, were also unable to trace Yow despite circulating his particulars nationwide.
At 9am on Monday, some light was finally thrown on the mystery surrounding his disappearance when police recovered his slightly damaged and rusty motorcycle in a ravine on the MambauUlu Sawah road near Rantau here.
Beside the machine were skeletal remains believed to be Yow's, a helmet and a wallet containing his personal documents.
Initial investigations revealed that Yow could have met with an accident while negotiating a sharp bend.
Even if the victim had survived the plunge, he might not have been able to seek help from passers-by as the area was quite isolated with little traffic.
OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Khalid Abu Hassan said that state Works Department staff stumbled upon the skeletal remains while carrying out paving work.
He said the victims family had been notified and had identified Yows motorcycle and other belongings.
He said the remains would be sent for a post-mortem and DNA tests to confirm the victims identity and establish the actual cause of death.
ACP Abdul Khalid noted that police had not ruled out foul play.
He said they would investigate all angles, including the possibility that the victim was killed elsewhere and his body dumped in the ravine.
Until we have conclusive evidence to show that the victim had died because of an accident, the case remains open, he said.