Body washed up on Pekan beach identified; no clue if it's of man who jumped off Kuantan bridge

PEKAN: The fully clothed body of a man found washed ashore in Pantai Lagenda, near here, on Feb 13 has been identified.

However, police could not as yet ascertain if the deceased was the individual who had allegedly jumped off the Tanjung Lumpur bridge in Kuantan on Feb 10.

Pekan police chief Superintendent Mohd Zaidi Mat Zin said the remains found in Pantai Lagenda belonged to a 49-year-old man and investigations showed no signs of foul play.

"After the body was brought to Pekan Hospital, police found a mobile phone belonging to the man in his pocket. We cleaned the device and found the sim card still active.

"We managed to contact his sibling who arrived at the hospital's forensics department on Feb 16 and identified the deceased as his elder brother. The sibling told police the deceased stayed in Melaka and they last spoke on Feb 10," he said when contacted.

Zaidi said the remains were handed over to the man's family and the case has been classified as sudden death.

On Feb 13, some picnickers spotted the body of a man clad in a red and purple round-neck T-shirt, blue jeans and black socks washed ashore about 8am.

Meanwhile, Kuantan police chief Assistant Commissioner Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said the search and rescue operation for the man who allegedly jumped off the Tanjung Lumpur bridge was suspended on Feb 12.

"There were no clues after the three-day operation and police did not receive any missing person report," he said when asked if the remains found in Pekan belonged to the man who allegedly jumped off the bridge on Feb 10.

That day, a motorist and several anglers claimed that they saw a man in his 40s jumping off the Tanjung Lumpur bridge about 5pm.

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