HUTAN MELINTANG - Police believe that the burnt car found in an oil palm plantation here is part of a premeditated crime but hesitate to connect it to the disappearance of Deputy Public Prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais.
Hilir Perak OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain said the car, which was found in Kampung Sungai Samak here, was totally burnt, making it difficult to ascertain the model and who it belonged to.
He said the chassis and registration numbers could not be traced due to the condition of the car.
"So at the moment we cannot link the car to the missing person.
"We have roped in the K9 and forensic units but we have failed to get any evidence," he told a press conference at the Hutan Melintang jetty, which has been turned into an operations centre for the tracing of victims of a vessel that sank on Thursday.
ACP Shuhaily said the Chemistry Department was carrying out investigations.
He said witnesses claimed they heard an explosion at between 1am and 2am on Saturday but the police were only informed about it at 10am.
According to Nasromi Maslah, 45, she saw a burnt car when she was on her way to the plantation. She was riding a motorcycle to a stall nearby for breakfast.
"I went closer and took some photos using my handphone before heading to the village head's house to inform him about the matter," she said.
Village head Ahmad Hilmi Yunus, 50, said Nasromi came to his house at 8.15am on Saturday.
He and other villagers then went to the location, but could not find anyone inside the car.
"The incident probably took place in the wee hours of Saturday, because a villager had passed by the area at 6pm on Friday but did not see any car there," he added.
He claimed that he found a file and several pieces of paper that were burnt inside the car.
However, according to ACP Shuhaily, there were no documents in the car because the inside was also totally burnt.