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Septuagenarian Found Drown In Kulim

Last Update: 07/03/2018

KULIM, March 7 (Bernama) -- The body of a woman was found floating in Sungai Kuala Sedim near a sand quarry here today.

The remains of Rafeah Abu Bakar, 72, was discovered around noon by a quarry worker about six kilometres from Sungai Kampung Merbau Pulas, where she was said to have slipped into the river on late Monday afternoon.

The 40-year-old quarry worker, who wanted to be identified only as Ahmad, said he initially saw something afloat in the river about 11 am.

"At first, I thought I saw a pillow and we (my colleagues and I) just ignored it. Somehow, I was called to check again at noon...when I saw the head, that confirmed (my feeling) that it was a body. We immediately told our boss to alert the police," he said.

Rafeah's nephew, Mohamad Sohaime Hussin said his aunt, who was living alone, did not return home since late Monday afternoon.

"She loved to bathe at the river since a long time ago. However, we (my family members) found it weird when her chickens did not return to their hut that day," said the 24-year-old.

Meanwhile, Kulim district police chief Supt Ahmad Nasir Jaafar said the body was taken to the Kulim Hospital here for post mortem.

The case has been classified as sudden death, he said.



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