It was a routine maintenance clean-up along the North-South Expressway.
But workers from Plus - the company that maintains federal highways - stumbled upon a horrific find in Kulaijaya, Johor, while conducting their usual rounds.
The find? The body of a man hacked into many pieces and packed into plastic bags.
Apparently, the maintenance workers were working by the highway when they came across the bags at KM21 heading south.
Noticing a foul smell, a worker opened one of the bags to find a severed head and other parts, The Star reported.
The other bags contained the rest of the chopped-up corpse.
The victim was believed to have been murdered at a separate location before his body was dumped by the expressway.
He was aged between 30 and 40 and did not have any identification on him.
There were stab wounds on the back of his body and neck.
Kulaijaya Superintendent Ruslan Khaled said his officers received a report from Plus at around noon on Friday.
He said: "We have yet to identify the victim. We believe that he was murdered about a day or two days ago."
He added that the body parts were sent to Hospital Sultanah Aminah for a post-mortem.
The police have formed a special task force to identify the suspect or suspects behind the incident and the case is being investigated for murder.
Meanwhile, in another incident, an unidentified man believed to be a migrant worker was found dead at a road shoulder in Nibong Tebal, Penang, yesterday morning.
His body was dumped in a secluded spot and was spotted by a passer-by, The New Straits Times reported.
The victim's hands were tied with a rope. He sustained multiple injuries with slash marks all over his body.
There have been other gruesome murders in the recent past.
In May this year, a man abducted a two-year-old girl from a Kota Raya shopping complex in Kuala Lumpur before beheading her with a broken tile at a nearby river.
The man drowned while trying to escape from the police.
Two years ago, a burnt corpse with its head, arms and legs cut off was dumped in an oil palm plantation in Nibong Tebal.
This article was first published on August 3, 2014.
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