ALOR SETAR - Honey hunters in a forest reserve here stumbled upon a freshly dug grave - and the man buried there turned out to be one of the suspects wanted for the murder of a Penang businessman.
The man was found with his throat slit. He was identified as Ong Teik Beng, 26, a Penangite and one of four people police are looking for over the murder.
The others they are seeking are Tay King Ngee, 34, Lim Sin Tian, 20, and Ewe Wai Beng, 19.
All four are being sought to help in investigations into the killing of Datuk Seri Law Yeong Chow, a former Restricted Residence detainee with interests in tin mining.
Honey hunters had stumbled upon the grave at the Charok Temingat Forest reserve near Tasik Pedu and Kedah CID chief Asst Comm Mohd Nashir Ya said the post-mortem results showed the man had died due to sharp force trauma to the neck.
"The decomposed body is believed to have been buried there for a few days before it was found on Tuesday," he said yesterday.
Sources said Law had links to the Sio Sam Ong gang while the four men are said to be from Gang 24.
Central Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Rusli Mohd Noor said police would continue to look for the three others who are all from Penang.
"We've arrested 26 people, aged between 19 and 50, in Bukit Tengah and Bayan Lepas in Penang, and Kuala Lumpur in connection with the case," he said.
ACP Rusli said 12 had been released on bail while the 14 others had been handed over to the Perak police contingent to assist in investigations.
On Jan 13, Law was reported missing in Juru. He was last seen coming out of a foot reflexology centre in Bukit Mertajam when several people pulled up in two cars and bundled him into one of the vehicles.
A police probe revealed that the two cars, bearing fake registration number plates, exited the North-South Expressway at the Changkat Jering toll plaza in Taiping. Law's badly burnt body was found in Lumut three days later.
Gang 24 was also in the news in Klang when it was reported to be in a turf war with rival Gang 36.