Two bodies found in rivers

Two bodies found in rivers
The body of a man in his 60s was found in the Singapore River near Upper Circular Road.

SINGAPORE- In all, the bodies of three men have been found in Singapore in the first two days of the year.

On New Year's Day, one was recovered from a military training area in Lim Chu Kang.

Yesterday, shortly before 4pm, two others were found in the Kallang and Singapore rivers.

Cleaner Vijaya Kumar was clearing rubbish at Kallang River when he spotted a balding head under the Nicoll Highway near the Kallang Water Sports Centre. He alerted his supervisor, who called the police at 3.45pm.

They arrived to find the man motionless in the water. His body was retrieved with the help of a PUB boat, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said. No injuries were apparent.

The Straits Times understands that the deceased was a 29-year-old dressed in jeans, a grey shirt and leather shoes.

Staff at the sports centre said they did not recognise the man.

Over at the Singapore River, the body of a man in his 60s - which witnesses said showed signs of rigour mortis - was pulled out near Upper Circular Road. Rigor mortis is a post-death process that causes the muscles to stiffen and become hard to move.

"I saw the head floating in the water and by 4pm there was already a crowd," said chef Akram Mohamed of Ricciotti restaurant at Riverwalk nearby. "The man's legs and arms were bent."

The police are investigating both cases as unnatural deaths.

Yesterday, 53-year-old Chia Kee Chen was charged with the murder of Mr Dexmon Chua, 37, whose body was found in Lim Chu Kang on Wednesday.

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