KUANTAN: A dead body believed to be that of a man who went missing last year has been found in a car submerged in a river in Pekan.
Pekan OCPD Supt Mohd Zaidi Mat Zin said a motorcyclist had stopped on Jambatan Sg Api-Api at Jalan Pekan-Nenasi-Rompin at 11.38am on Saturday (July 23) to remove a metal rod on the road when he saw the roof of a vehicle in the river.
"The motorcyclist then contacted the Nenasi police station. At 12.50pm, police and a Fire and Rescue Department team arrived at the scene and it was determined there was no criminal element after investigations," said Supt Mohd Zaidi, adding that the vehicle was raised at about 4.40pm.
He said the remains of a person covered in mud inside the car were found following an inspection. An oil and gas safety passport under the name of Iman Aqmar and a Construction Industry Development Board card under the name of Muhammad Iman Aqmar were also found.
The vehicle was filled with mud and was damaged on the front, left and right sides, said Supt Mohd Zaidi.
Further investigations found that the vehicle was registered under the name of Asmawati Kadir in Johor.
"Investigations found there were two police reports lodged under this name on Oct 30 last year and June 2 this year in Pasir Gudang. Both reports were on the disappearance of her son named Iman Aqmar Dzulkarnain, 24, and a Grand Livina.
"Asmawati said her son left home on Oct 29 last year at about 1am to work in Kemaman, Terengganu. On Oct 30, she could no longer contact her son and his whereabouts were unknown," said Supt Mohd Zaidi.
He said Asmawati had been contacted to identify the vehicle, clothes and documents found on the deceased.
He added that a post-mortem would be carried out and specimens of the remains would be sent to the Chemistry Department for identification.
The Pahang police headquarters' forensics unit had also been contacted to conduct an investigation into the case.