Skeletal remains not those of our dad, say duo

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 23 Jun 2004

PENANG: The children of Tan Pek Leang are refusing to believe that the human skeletal remains found in some bushes off the Bayan Lepas Coastal Highway following a bush fire on Saturday are those of their father. 

His daughter Susan Tan, 46, said she and her younger brother went to the Penang Hospital mortuary yesterday and saw the remains of a man taller than their father. 

She said the bones were also that of a bigger man. 

Susan, however, confirmed that the wallet found next to the remains belonged to her father as it contained a receipt from a bicycle shop in Teluk Kumbar. 

She said the remains were found without the two arms while the upper part of the body was 2m away from the limbs, which had bite marks. 

She said DNA testing would be carried out using her and her brother's blood. 

“We will only get the result in two weeks time,” she said. 

A post mortem by forensic pathologist Dr Bhupinder Singh yesterday showed that the man was likely to have died of severe burns. Police have classified the case as sudden death as there were no signs of foul play. 

The remains are said to be that of the 84-year-old Tan, who went missing from his Teluk Kumbar home on May 21. The post mortem also found a surgical mark on the skull similar to that of the missing man who underwent an operation at a private hospital in 1997. 

George Town OCPD Senior Asst Comm II Mohd Ali Mohd Yusuf said the investigating officer was checking with the surgeon to verify the details of the surgery. 

“A DNA test would also be conducted to establish his identity. We will take statements from his family members and investigate all angles as we want to be really sure that there was no foul play.” 

The Star had reported earlier that Susan had distributed more than 2,000 posters to search for her hearing-impaired father.  

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