PETALING JAYA: Siti Salmy Suib, the homeless mother of murdered toddler Siti Soffea Emelda Abdullah, and the suspected murderer were often seen together at a mall from where she was abducted.
According to a worker at the mall in Kuala Lumpur, the 27-year-old man was part of Siti Salmy's 'gang' and they were seen hanging out together.
"He is also part of her 'gang'. All the homeless people in this area hung out together from time to time," said the worker who declined to be named.
She said those who worked in the mall, especially on the fourth floor where the arcades were located, knew Siti Salmy, 32, and her friends.
"You can see her here from morning till the place closes. She just loiter with her friends, leaving the child to wander all over the fourth floor on her own," she said, adding that the suspect was sometimes seen with Siti Salmy.
"They all know each other. There must be a reason why he took the child," she said.
At about 9pm on May 29, an assailant brought Siti Soffea under a bridge near a river bank about 1.5km away and witnesses reported seeing him behead the toddler, allegedly with a ceramic tile.
When witnesses tried to apprehend him, the suspect jumped into the Klang River. A body, believed to be that of the suspect, was found floating in the river in Bandar Sunway on Saturday.
It was earlier reported that Siti Salmy had been living on the streets even though she has family members staying in Cheras.
Siti Salmy, or Amy as she was known to friends, could also be seen at a recreational area opposite Pudu Raya when not at the mall.
"Many of her friends have not been here since last weekend. If you want to find them, go to the park near the mobile police station opposite Pudu Raya," she said.