BATU PAHAT: Several body parts and human skeletal remains were discovered near a canal at Kampung Parit Bingan Laut, Parit Raja here.
Members of the public found the remains while searching for 81-year-old rubber tapper Dijal Asir, who was reported missing since Friday.
Batu Pahat OCPD Asst Comm Din Ahmad said the body parts were found in a gruesome condition at around 2.30pm on Sunday.
“The human parts were found at about 1.5km from the missing person’s house and looking at its condition, we believed that the body might have been eaten by wild animals.
“But we are still investigating the identity of the victim as well as the cause of death,” he said adding that the victim could have fallen into the canal and eaten by wild animals.
ACP Din said the human parts have been sent to Batu Pahat Hospital and to be verified by family members of Dijah.
“Initial identification by her family members on the body structures as well as the clothing confirmed that the bones belong to the missing person but we need to undergo DNA tests and post-mortem to confirm,” he said.
He said Dijah was reported missing by her niece Raudiah Yunos, 47, after she did not come back from tapping rubber for two days.
According to Raudiah, her aunt went out to tap rubber and brought along a bucket and one knife at around 8am on Friday.