KOTA KINABALU: Police have obtained a seven-day remand for a 22-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder of a teenage girl at the Kampung Forest squatter colony in east-coast Sandakan on Tuesday (March 14).
Sandakan OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Fuad Abdul Malek said on Wednesday (March 15) the Magistrate's Court allowed for the remand order to facilitate investigation into the 15-year-old foreigner's murder.
However, the police remain tight-lipped about the case that has shocked residents of the east-coast Sabah town.
The girl was found among some bushes in a muddy patch of land at the squatter colony at about 10am on Tuesday (March 14) and the suspect - who was at the scene with the crowd of onlookers - was picked up by police for questioning.
Police have yet to officially identify the victim amid a confusion on social media, where a picture of another 15-year-old girl reported missing in Sandakan was being spread.
It is said that the picture is not that of the victim.
ACP Abdul Fuad had on Tuesday advised the public not to make any speculation on the case or viral photos of the victim's body, saying that it could jeopardise police investigation.
The victim's body was sent to Duchess of Kent Hospital for an autopsy.