PULAU TIOMAN - The search for Gareth David Huntley has taken a tragic turn after a body, believed to be that of the missing Briton, was found in a river, a few metres from a kayak storage unit near the Juara Turtle Project, Wednesday afternoon.
Rompin OCPD Deputy Supt Johari Yahaya reported the discovery but could not confirm if the body was that of the 34-year-old.
The body was found facing upwards, wearing shorts, shoes and socks, but without a shirt.
The face was unrecognisable due to decomposition.
A search party, consisting of commandos, police, Fire and Rescue Department and Rela officers, stumbled across the body when they returned to the base camp here at around 1.30pm.
It was found in the Mentawak River, some 20m from a kayak storage unit within the compound of the conservation camp Huntley volunteered in.
It was behind a row of cabins which were occupied by rescue operators over the last three-days.
The Juara Turtle Camp has now become the site of a police investigation, with yellow tape placed around the kayak storage unit.
A police forensics unit from Kuantan is expected to arrive soon to conduct investigations.