Body of kidnap victim found buried in oil palm estate, one suspect in custody

IPOH: The police have found the body of a man who was kidnapped in Bidor in September last year.

Perak police chief Datuk Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the 29-year-old victim was found buried at an oil palm estate in Bidor on Tuesday (Jan 11).

“He was wrapped in canvas and buried.

“We will conduct a post mortem on the body to determine the cause of death,” he said in a statement Thursday (Jan 13).

Comm Mior Faridalathrash said the victim was allegedly abducted by two men near a fish pond in Kampung Ipoh, Bidor, on Sept 13.

“The victim and a friend were attacked by two men armed with wooden sticks.

“The victim was bundled into a car while his friend was threatened (and told) not to tell anyone of the incident by the suspects before they drove away,” he said, adding that the friend only lodged a police report on Oct 3.

Comm Mior Faridalathrash said the victim is believed to have been abducted due to a debt owed to the two suspects.

“The police managed to locate one of the suspects, aged 30, and arrested him at the Dengkil rest and recreation area on Jan 11.

“He revealed that the victim had been killed and brought the police to the place where the deceased was buried,” he said, adding that the case has been reclassified as murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

“The suspect, who worked together with the victim collecting oil palm fruit, has been remanded until Friday (Jan 14) and this is expected to be extended,” Comm Mior Faridalathrash said.

“Both suspects have criminal records for various offences, including drug cases,” he said.

He added that police are looking for one Anbu Manikam to assist them in the investigation.

“Those with information can come forward to the nearest police station or contact investigating officer Asst Supt Noor Irwan Abd Ghani at 017-316 8097,” he added.