National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti has said that Indonesian security services have yet to verify whether Dwi Djoko Wiwoho, a Batam administration civil servant, had joined Islamic State (IS) movement in Iraq.
"His relatives said they were not clear about where he was going. [But] if he went [to Iraq], why should [we] look for him?" he said on Monday as quoted by jpnn.com.
The National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) confirmed that Dwi, who was reported missing along with his family members earlier in the year, had left the country. It is alleged that he has joined the radical Islamic movement.
Dwi, the Batam Free Trade Zone Authority's (BPK FTZ) Integrated One-Stop Service Center (PTSP) director, disappeared along with his wife and three daughters after leaving the Riau Islands for Mecca to perform umrah (minor haj) in late August.
Friends and neighbours reported that Dwi apparently sold his house and car prior to leaving for Mecca.
BPK FTZ is a unit of the central government and not under the Batam city administration.