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Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014

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Cops: Briton died more than three days before discovery of body

The Star/ANN | Ong Han Sean | Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014

Photos from Find Gareth Facebook page

KUANTAN - Briton Gareth David Huntley had been dead for more than three days before his body was discovered.

Pahang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Sharifuddin Ab Ghani said the initial post-mortem report on the 34-year-old's remains revealed that he had died "at least three days and above" before he was found in the Mentawak River on June 4.

He, however, said the cause of death was still undetermined according to the hospital and needed further investigation.

On foreign press reports, which insinuated that Huntley was murdered, SDCP Sharifuddin said the police were not interested in such speculations.

"Our findings and process of investigation are all according to the law," he told reporters after launching a blood donation drive here on Tuesday.

He also discounted rumours of foul play, saying that the investigation into Huntley's cause of death had not found any criminal elements so far.

"We listen to what the doctor tell us and looking at the scene of the incident, there are no criminal elements," said SDCP Sharifuddin.

Pahang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mohd Zakaria had previously said the initial post-mortem on Huntley's body revealed no injuries.

He had, however, also said police were not ruling out foul play but that it was still early in the investigation.

Huntley, who had come to the island to volunteer at a turtle conservation project, went missing after trekking alone to the Lubuk Teja waterfall on May 27.

His decomposed body was discovered by search and rescue personnel about 20m from a kayak storage unit at the Juara Lagoon chalet after he went missing for more than a week.

When asked by The Star when the finalised post-mortem report could be expected, an irritated SDCP Sharifuddin said he would not know. "Ask a doctor. How can I know?

"Pose questions that I can answer. I cannot answer all," he said before ending the press conference.

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