KUALA PILAH: The case of a missing senior citizen took a tragic turn as her body was discovered some 50m away from her house in Kampung Sungai Dua, near here, yesterday.
The body of Salminyah Mohd Yusof, 67, who suffered from breast cancer, high blood pressure and was mentally disabled was found by a team from the Kuala Pilah Special Patrol police who had earlier visited the victim's sister to deliver updates on the investigation.
According to Salminyah's sister, Kalsom Mohd Yusof, 70, who lives next door, it had been routine for police personnel to visit her house everyday to update the family on the investigation, following their report lodged on Jan 2.
"The presence of the police at my home has been a regular thing since my sister was reported missing.
"But yesterday, as they were about to leave my house, a strong smell of foul odor suddenly filled the air and they immediately launched a search operation nearby.
"While searching through a nearby forest, they saw a glimpse of an arm in between tree trunks and later discovered the body of my sister," she said when met at her home, here, today.
Kalsom said, although she is saddened by the death of her sister, she is thankful that the mystery behind Salminyah's disappearance had been answered, after 15 days.
"The only thing that has left me puzzled is how an old and disabled woman like my sister could climb the hill? Whatever it is, I am still grateful that her body has been found and that we can have closure on this sad chapter," she said.
Salminyah's body has been taken to the Tuanku Ampuan Najihah Hospital's (TANH) Forensics Department for an autopsy and she will be buried at the Kampung Simpang Pulau Pandan Muslim cemetery today before Zohor prayers.
Meanwhile, Kuala Pilah police chief Superintendent Amran Mohd Ghani when contacted confirmed the incident.
He said the Kuala Pilah Police Special patrol team found the victim at about 3.30pm following foul odour detected near the victim's house.
“The body of the victim was found fully clothed near a tree about 50 meters from the victim's home. She is believed to have died within 48 hours before she was found.
"The body had been taken to the TANH Forensics Department for an autopsy to determine the cause of death," he said.
The operation to retrieve the body of the victim was carried out by a team from the Kuala Pilah Fire and Rescue Department.
The missing of Salminyah was highlighted in the media early this month, after she was found missing from her home by a family member.