Family believe Canny is alive


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 19 Jun 2003

BY BEH YUEN HUI AND ANDREW SAGAYAM

KUALA LUMPUR: The family of Canny Ong believe that she is still alive and are hoping for her return soon. 

They were prepared for the worst when police told them on Tuesday that the charred remains of a woman were found at Old Klang Road, about 3km from where Canny’s purple Proton Tiara had been recovered on Saturday. 

MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Michael Chong said Canny’s sister, Ong Lee Shian, told him her family would not accept that Canny was dead. 

 

“The statement that the charred body could be Canny just because it was found near her car is baseless. 

 

“The family will only accept it if it is confirmed by the DNA report,” added Chong when contacted yesterday. 

 

The DNA report is expected to be completed by today.  

Chong said Canny’s family had gone to the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) in an attempt to identity the charred body but they could not do so as it was burnt beyond recognition. 

It is learnt that UMMC pathologists had taken blood samples from Canny’s family members for DNA tests. 

“Lee Shian also told me that her father Ong Bee Jeng (a 64-year-old retired headmaster) and mother Pearley Viswanathan, 57, were traumatised after the recovery of the body. 

“However, they strongly believe that it is not their daughter,” said Chong. 

When met at UMMC yesterday, Bee Jeng said Canny’s husband Brendon Ong, who lives in San Diego in the United States, had been informed about her disappearance two days ago. 

“But we don’t know when he will be coming to Malaysia,” he added, saying that police had taken statements from all his family members. 

In a related development, a police source said that traces of semen and blood were found in the Proton Tiara.  

The source said the discovery was made after a thorough inspection of the car at the district police headquarters here yesterday. 

“Traces of semen were found on the rubber mat in the vehicle’s boot while blood spots were found on the back seat,” added the source, who also said the car radio cassette player was stolen. 

No ransom has been demanded since Canny was abducted from the basement car park at the Bangsar Shopping Complex on Friday night. She was at the complex for a dinner with her family and friends. 

The 28-year-old market analyst had returned to Malaysia on June 1 to visit her father, who had one of his kidneys removed due to a tumour. She was supposed to return to the United States on Saturday. 

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