Substance found in doctor's body

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  • Monday, 28 Feb 2005


KUALA LUMPUR: Police have confirmed that a substance, believed to be a sedative, was found in the body of Dr Cynthia Joseph whose remains were exhumed last year. 

City CID chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Aziz Bulat said police would not speculate on the type of the sedative and would wait for a pathologist report. 

Dr Cynthia’s remains were exhumed on Dec 2, after police obtained an order from a magistrate’s court.  

Dr Cynthia: Her remains were exhumed on Dec 2, last year.

The order was sought after Dr Cynthia’s family lodged a police report alleging foul play in her death on Sept 27.  

The cause of death was initially attributed to acute cardiac arrest and a post-mortem revealed that there were no external injuries on the body. 

Sources said the chemistry report, that was handed over to police 10 days ago, stated that the substance was found in the liver and kidney of the 42-year-old deceased. 

SAC Aziz said police would leave it to the pathologists to ascertain the cause of death.  

“Once the cause of death is ascertained, only then can we decide if foul play was involved,” he said, adding that police would apply to hold an inquest into the matter.  

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