TAPAH - A sense of normalcy has returned to Jalan Pahang here where curious folk have been gathering to watch police carry out their probe into multiple murders that have gripped the town in recent days.
The main road leading to Cameron Highlands was free from traffic and parked vehicles yesterday as investigators took a break from their daily routine of searching for clues at the house cum workshop where at least four murders have taken place.
A retired teacher, who was sighted at the scene, said she was curious about the crime site.
"I've been reading about the case in the newspapers and decided to come take a look for myself.
"My granddaughter wanted to come along too and has taken some pictures to post on Facebook," she said.
A housewife said she wanted to see the place but would not go in.
"There are so many dogs there and the place looks eerie," she said.
Last Monday, police arrested a 57-year-old mechanic, his wife, 54, and their two sons aged 20 and 17 at the house.
It was reported that the disappearance of a land broker on Aug 28 had led police to their dilapidated wooden house where the four victims were believed to have been beaten to death, their remains burnt and ashes scattered into a river behind the house.
Police have yet to release the identities of the victims although the families of four missing persons have come forward to say that their loved ones could be those murdered.
The four missing persons are land broker Jasbeer Singh who disappeared in August; spare parts dealer Ng Chor Kee who has been missing since last June; bus conductor Ng Ah Leng@Mohan whose family have not seen since late 2012; and tour bus operator V. Gunawaty who disappeared last March.
Meanwhile, the Welfare Department has obtained temporary custody of the key suspect's two other daughters.
The girls, believed to be aged 11 and 23, were brought to the magistrate's court here at about noon.
It is learnt that the girls are being placed in separate welfare homes within the state.
Confirming this, Tapah OCPD Supt Som Sak Din Kerian said the wife and one of the sons would be released today when their remand orders lapsed.
"However, we will be seeking an extension of the remand orders for the main suspect and the other son," he said.
State Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Goh Kok Liang urged families who have lodged missing persons report, and have information linking their disappearance to the suspects in this case, should inform the police immediately.