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Zaihan Mohamed Yusof
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014

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Mystery deaths shock residents at The Bayshore condo

The New Paper | Zaihan Mohamed Yusof | Saturday, Oct 4, 2014

One of the bodies found at The Bayshore condominium being taken away by police.

For the past few days, residents of The Bayshore condominium at Upper East Coast had detected a stench from a unit in one of the blocks.

Yesterday, they discovered the reason when two badly decomposed male bodies were found in the apartment.

The shocking discovery led to many questions by the residents.

They wanted to know who the victims were, how and when they died, and if foul play was involved.

Looking for answers, some residents even stood outside the condominium to ask reporters what they had learnt.

The dead men, aged 40 and 61, were found in the apartment after the police and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded to a call for help at about 11.30am.

The New Paper understands that they were found on either side of a sofa in the living room and are believed to be a father and his son.

It is not yet known how they had died. From their highly decomposed bodies, they are believed to have been dead for several days.

TNP understands that the unit was occupied by a Chinese-Indonesian family.

A resident, Mr Remek Lipinski, who was shocked to hear of the deaths, told TNP yesterday afternoon: "I had just returned after picking my daughter up from school and we noticed many police cars.

"I didn't have time to ask the other neighbours what had happened but if what I'm hearing is true, then this is shocking."

FOUL SMELL

Another resident, who gave his name only as Mr Sud, 37, said that his wife had told him about the deaths.

The Indian national said: "She told me that the maids in the block were talking to each other about the foul smell they had noticed since Sunday evening.

"But I was not sure which unit the smell was coming from."

The Bayshore resident of five years added that he lives in Tower 2B, which is an adjoining block to Link Tower, where the bodies were found.

The SCDF said it sent a Red Rhino and an ambulance to the condominium after "a member of the public had detected a strong smell coming from the unit".

When there was no response from the inhabitants in the unit, which was believed to be on the ninth storey, SCDF officers forced their way into the apartment and found the bodies.

At about 4.50pm, a police van arrived at the driveway of Link Tower to take the bodies to the mortuary.

One Tower 2B resident, who declined to be identified, said: "We believe it's a father and son who died."

The resident, who e-mailed a video clip of the bodies being loaded into the police van to TNP, added: "Apparently, their car had not been taken out of the carpark for a month. So they could have died much earlier."

The police have classified the case as unnatural deaths.

Investigations are ongoing.

zaihan@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Oct 2, 2014.
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