GUA MUSANG: When Amek Alang arrived at the Gua Musang district hospital this morning, she harboured only one wish, that the decomposed body found in Pos Tohoi is not that of her daughter, Sasa.
However, whatever hopes she had were shattered when she saw the eight-year-old’s earring on the remains.
“My heart just sank when I saw the earring,” said Amek, 25.
Amek and her husband Sobrie Latiff, also 25, had both identified the remains as that of Sasa, the eldest of their four children.
Amek and Sobrie identified via her bangle, headband and an earring.
Remains found at Pos Tohoi confirmed to be Sasa Sobrie, 8, one of the seven Orang Asli children reported missing since Aug 23, say police.
Sasa was one of seven Orang Asli children reported missing since Aug 23.
The children, aged eight to 11, had run off from SK Pos Tohol into a nearby jungle as they had feared being reprimanded for swimming in a nearby river.
After more than a month of searching by police as well as soldiers, a villager last night discovered a body whose leg was trapped in a tree branch in Sungai Perias.
The body was located only 500m from the school which the children had run off from. It took villagers and rescuers 30 minutes to free the body from the tree branch.
Parents of the missing children were called to the mortuary today to identify the remains.
Meanwhile, district police chief Superintendent Saiful Bahri Abdullah later confirmed the identity of the victim in a press conference.
“It’s a very sad discovery. We confirm that it is one of the missing children,” he said.
He said the search and rescue team has intensified its search for the other children.