ALOR SETAR: Police have ruled out foul play in the death of the teenage girl whose body was found abandoned at a rubber plantation in Pokok Sena here.
Kota Setar OCPD Asst Comm Ahmad Shukri Mat Akhir said that a post-mortem conducted on the 17-year-old victim from Ayer Hitam, Jitra, on Friday (May 14), found no traces of external or internal injuries.
"There were also no signs of struggle or self-defence.
“However, the cause of death is still pending as we have yet to receive the toxicology report, ” he said.
The victim’s body was discovered at a rubber plantation at about 7.45pm on Tuesday (May 11).
On Thursday (May 13), ACP Ahmad Shukri said the police arrested nine people aged 13 to 33 (six males and three females) after the girl who had attended a private party with them was found dead in Pokok Sena.
They were detained in two raids on May 12 at 5pm and at 11.15pm at several locations in the district.
They are under remand for six days until May 18.
According the police, the group admitted to being with the deceased at the private party from May 9 evening until the early morning of May 10.
ACP Ahmad Shukri said one of them had tested positive for ketamine use.
The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, he added.
The deceased's mother, when met at the forensic unit of Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, said she hopes the police will carry out a thorough investigation to identify the suspects involved.
“I demand justice, ” she said while urging netizens to stop spreading negative news about her daughter's death and respect her grieving family.
The single mother has two other children, aged 15 and 11.