Only his head and shoulders were found later.
The Lopeng Fire Station identified the victim as 24-year-old Muhammad Nasution.
The fire station said it received a report from a plywood factory, located next to Sungai Bilat, about a missing worker on Friday afternoon.
“Initial investigation showed that the man wanted to cross the stream to buy things at a supermarket.
“A friend saw him being snatched by a crocodile while walking on the pipeline,” said the department yesterday.
The incident occurred on Tuesday night but the factory’s workers did not report it.
Instead, they tried to search for the victim on their own.
They only called the fire station for help on Friday afternoon.
Muhammad’s remains were retrieved at 9.15am yesterday and were handed over to the Miri police.