By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: An unidentified man, with a tattoo at the back of his body, was found floating near the SMK Pulau Gaya jetty at Gaya Island here Monday morning.
The middle-aged victim was believed to have died from drowning. Police were alerted to the discovery at 6.45am.
According to Assistant Commissioner Chandra Muthu, the city police chief, they are currently trying to look for family members or friends of the deceased.
“The victim did not have any identification documents on him, but he has a very visible tattoo on the back of his body,” he said in a statement Monday.
The deceased’s left hand was found still gripping a life buoy when discovered by islanders preparing to head to the mainland.
ACP Chandra said the case has been classified as sudden death.
A post-mortem examination will be conducted at the Queen Elizabeth 1 Hospital.
In a separate case, ACP Chandra said two men who held a storekeeper at knifepoint and robbed a 24-hour convenience store in Manggatal two weeks ago have been arrested.
He said the suspects were nabbed at Pekan Inanam Baru and Kg Lobou near here on Sept 6, and will be remanded until Sept 12.
The suspects, aged 25 and 27, also tested positive for drugs.
In the Aug 28 incident, the duo had entered a 24-hour convenience store and bought two packets of crackers.
“They pulled out a machete and a knife when they entered the second time, and demanded the shopkeeper to hand over 55 packets of cigarettes and RM200 before fleeing on a motorcycle,” he said.
ACP Chandra said police seized from the men two cellphones, a parang, two packets of cigarettes and a motorcycle believed to be used in the robbery.