BUKIT MERTAJAM - A woman, whose chopped up and burnt body parts were discovered in Juru, could have been killed by her boyfriend.
Police believe the woman, in her 30s, was murdered by the boyfriend on Monday and he had set her remains on fire in an attempt to hide the crime.
A villager related to the man made the gruesome find in Kampung Tok Keramat yesterday and the victim was identified only as Intan.
The boyfriend, 43, was arrested in Bandar Baru, Kedah, at about 4.45pm by police acting on a tip-off.
The suspect's brother-in-law said he had seen Intan lying unconscious in the man's house on Monday night.
He said he thought nothing of it because she was always at the house, which was about 50m away from his home.
"The next day before I left for work, I asked him where Intan was and he told me that she had gone home.
"I did not believe him because I could see her motorcycle and shoes still in his house. But I was in a rush so I left," he said.
When he returned from work at about 5.30pm, he was still suspicious and went inside his brother-in-law's house.
"He was not home and then I saw traces of blood," he said.
According to him, he started searching the surrounding area and found a jawbone and several other bones, all burned.
He then lodged a police report at a nearby station.
Penang Hospital Forensic Medicine Department head Datuk Dr Zahari Noor was called to the scene by police and he confirmed that they were human bones.
The suspect was brought to the scene by policemen at about 6pm yesterday and they later recovered the rest of the remains.
Another villager, Fazli Hashim, 33, said the suspect was a loner and did not usually talk to anyone.