JOHOR BARU: The body of a retired policeman has been found buried oil palm plantation along Jalan Kahang-Mersing near Kluang after being reported missing for more than a month.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the victim has been identified as 57-year-old Su Kim Chiang, and added that he was a former Special Branch personnel and that his family members had lodged a missing persons report on Aug 31.
“We arrested two male suspects aged between 37 and 41 at a workshop in Kluang last Friday (Oct 16) at around 10am. They are known associates of the victim," he said.
Comm Ayob Khan then said at a press conference at the state police headquarters here on Monday (Oct 19) that last Saturday (Oct 17), one of the suspects brought the police and a forensic expert from Sultanah Aminah Hospital to the location where the victim’s body had been buried.
He added that the police then fished out a motorcycle which is believed to belong to the victim at Sungai Kahang on Sunday (Oct 18) with the assistance of the Kluang Fire and Rescue Department.
Comm Ayob said that the initial investigation revealed that the victim went out from his house at Kampung Selatan Kahang between 8pm and midnight on Aug 31 to meet the suspects at the workshop.
“The victim had lent some money to one of the suspects and wanted the money back, and this led to a heated argument between them. The post mortem results revealed that the victim sustained several injuries on his head caused by a blunt object, ” he added.
Comm Ayob also said that the police are awaiting DNA results to confirm the victim’s identity as the body had deteriorated badly.
“Due to the condition of the victim’s body, the family could not identify him but he was wearing the same clothes on the day he went missing, ” he said, adding that the case been classified under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
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