Police confirm Tioman body that of missing Briton Huntley

Police confirm Tioman body that of missing Briton Huntley
British tourist Gareth Huntley was found dead in June on the island, several days after he went missing on a jungle hike.

KUANTAN: The body found in Pulau Tioman has been identified as that of Briton Gareth David Huntley.

Pahang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Sharifuddin Ab Ghani said the DNA test results showed positively that the blood sample from Huntley's mother, Janet Southwell, matched the bone specimen taken from the body.

"DNA results and interpretation from the Petaling Jaya Chemistry Department science officer says that after comparison was made with the collected DNA profiles, it was found that the blood donor Janet Southwell was the biological mother of the bone donor, which is the found body.

"The maternity probability was 99.9999% based on the short tandem repeat database of the Malaysian races of Malay, Chinese and Indians.

"This meant that the body was Gareth David Huntley," he said.

Huntley's body was found in a river in Pulau Tioman on Wednesday after he was reported missing on May 27.

The 34-year-old London accountant, who came to the island to volunteer in a turtle conservation project, had gone trekking alone to the Lubuk Teja waterfall on May 27.

He had not been seen since then and a large scale search and rescue operation was mounted to look for him.

On Wednesday, search and rescue personnel returning from the jungle found a decomposed body in the Mentawak River, about 20m from a kayak storage unit at the Juara Lagoon chalet.

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