KUALA LUMPUR - The discovery of fresh bloodstains, vomit and footsteps near a water source in Bukit Hatamas in Cheras here provided a glimmer of hope that missing hiker Teo Kim Lean could still be found alive a week after he went missing.
Fellow Hasher and search party co-ordinator Lt-Kol Hardial Singh said the bloodstains were found on a plant near a stream deep in the forest on Monday.
"We sent the sample to the Pantai Medical Centre for testing. The test confirmed it to be human blood and O positive, which is also Oily's son's blood type," he said.
Teo, 53, a member of the Klang Hash House Harriers and Harriettes who is fondly known as Oily, did not return last Tuesday after a run in Bukit Hatamas, known as Ah Pek Hill.
When met at Bukit Hatamas, Lt-Kol Hardial said about 100 people joined in the search-and-rescue mission yesterday morning.
However, volunteers were spotted coming in droves throughout the afternoon.
The search party consisted of Hashers, hikers, firefighters and officers from the Civil Defence Department and General Operations Force.
Hasher Alan Chui, 51, who has been volunteering in the mission since last Thursday, was part of the five-person group that first spotted the bloodstains on a plant at about 5pm on Monday.
Chui said those involved in the operation were all part of the "Heart" chapter.
"We are here to help from the heart," he said.
Another volunteer, Irene Tan, said 700 to 1,000 people have come forward to help in the search mission.
Tan, who belongs to the Batu Hash House Harriers and Harriettes, admitted to being slightly disappointed that the search party was not able to find Oily yesterday, but information from her fellow Hashers lifted her spirits.
"On Monday, I was quite confident that we would find him after discovering the bloodstains.
"However, after coming back to Cheras from Ulu Langat yesterday, I was a bit disappointed.
"The latest update we received is that Oily's son had found another trail of blood in the same area.
"Us Hashers, we always unite. We will never give up," she said.