PEKAN: Prior to her disappearance on Jan 30, Siti Masyitah Ibrahim, 11, was spotted riding pillion on a motorcycle with a man in Kampung Tanjung Medang Hilir, near here.
Later the same day, police picked up the man, a foreigner, to facilitate investigations into the missing girl's case.
District police chief Superintendent Amran Sidek said the suspect, who is currently serving a 14-day remand order, was believed to be the last person spotted with the missing girl.
“The victim was last seen riding a motorcycle with the man on Jan 30. We have detained him for questioning and he is remanded under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for failing to provide any valid travel documents,” he said in a statement today.
It is learnt that the suspect is a family friend.
Amran however was reluctant to confirm if the decomposed body found at an oil palm plantation in Kampung Tanjung Medang Hilir about 5pm on Saturday was Siti Masyitah’s, saying that police will wait for the post-mortem report before commenting on the matter.
“We will wait for the post-mortem and DNA results to confirm the victim’s identity. The post-mortem will be conducted at Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital at 10am tomorrow (Monday).
“A detailed report on the case including the cause of death, gender, along with other details will be known after the procedures are conducted tomorrow,” he said, adding that for now, the case has been classified as sudden death.
Amran said on Jan 30, a Cambodian woman had lodged a police report at the district police station that her daughter Siti Masyitah had failed to return home.
On Saturday, a tied-up, mutilated body of an 11-year-old girl had been identified as Siti Masyitah by her parents in an oil palm plantation at Kampung Tanjung Medang Hilir here. They alleged that some of her internal organs were missing.
The victim's mother Zaleha Abdullah, 35, said although her daughter’s body was decomposed, she was able to identify the blue dress which Siti Masyitah was wearing on the day she went missing.