Badly-mauled body of man thought to be croc victim found in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: Half of a man's body was recovered from the Segaliud River in Sabah's east coast Sandakan on Friday (Feb 15).

The badly-mauled body is thought to be that of labourer Kastelo Karlos, 40.

He was found floating in the river by search and rescue personnel at around 5pm Friday.

Sandakan police chief Asst Comm Mohd Azhar Hamin said police believe the man was the victim of a crocodile attack as there had been previous cases of sightings and attacks on the river.

He said the victim had gone to the area to fish on Thursday (Feb 14) and, when he failed to return home, his family searched for him only to find his fishing equipment, motorcycle and mobile phone by the riverbank.

"On Friday, firemen and marine police, with the help of local villagers, were brought in to assist in the search for the missing man," ACP Azhar said, adding that they found the body about 4km downstream from where his fishing equipment was found by the family.