Police believe that they have solved the case of a woman's body found floating in the Miri river near Kampung Pulau Melayu, last Saturday with the arrest of a 25-year-old suspect (insert). Police also seized the suspect’s Proton Iswara, as they believe the woman was murdered inside the vehicle. Pix courtesy of Police

MIRI: Police believe that they have solved the case of a woman's body found floating in the Miri river near Kampung Pulau Melayu here last Saturday.

It follows the arrest of a 25-year-old man, believed to be the woman’s boyfriend, who is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Datuk Dev Kumar said the suspect was picked up at a commercial centre here at 7.30am on Monday.

“We believe the suspect (knew) the woman. (He) has been remanded for a week until Monday to assist (our) investigation into the discovery of the woman’s body,” said Dev in a statement on Tuesday.

He added that police have seized the suspect’s Proton Iswara, as they believe the woman was murdered inside the vehicle.

“A post-mortem on the victim’s body is being carried out to identify the cause of death,” Dev said.

It was reported that the body, which was wrapped in a sack and tied up with rope from the head down to the waist, was found by a fisherman as he was returning home from a fishing trip at 6.30am.

The fisherman later alerted the village head, who in turn reported the matter to the police.

A Miri district CID team was deployed to the scene, where they discovered and retrieved the body. No identification documents were found.

Dev said police managed to locate the suspect after ascertaining the identity of the victim based on a missing person report lodged at the Mukah police station in Mukah near Sibu.

“According to the report, a 52-year-old woman left her house on Nov 27 and never returned.

“The family (positively identified) the body… based on her clothes,” he added.

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