KUANTAN: The 33-year-old man whose skeletal remains were found in a burnt Honda CR-V at the Kampung Ubai Felcra oil palm plantation on Monday may have been involved with loan sharks.
Family friends and relatives said he had incurred debts with several people and could not pay.
State CID chief acting Asst Comm T. Narenasagaran said the case had been classified as sudden death until the police completed their investigations.
“We believe that the man was already dead when the vehicle was torched because there was no trace of soot or carbon monoxide residue in the deceased which would have been present if the man was still alive.
“The upper portion of the body was totally burnt and body tissues were retrieved from the lower part of the body,” he said.
ACP Narenasagaran said the remains were identified based on a coin, which the man’s wife said she had given to her husband.
“Forensic teams were also sent to collect samples near a fish pond, which was located about 400m from the where the vehicle was found.
“The pond belonged to the victim’s brother-in-law,” he said here yesterday.
Police believed that the victim had left the house at about 11am on Monday and was seen in the Air Putih area about 30 minutes later.
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