Search party goes out for spurned lover who 'escaped' to resort

KOTA KINABALU - A man spurned by his girlfriend purportedly disappeared into a secondary forest in Sepilok last week, triggering a joint search by police and firemen.

Even his worried mother left Kuala Lumpur for Sandakan to assist the search team.

However, the search was for nothing as the 30-year-old had been staying in the comfort of a resort in Sepilok all the while.

He turned up at the Sandakan police station yesterday, after being "lost" for four nights.

Sandakan district police chief Asst Comm Rowell Marong confirmed that the self-employed man showed up at the police station.

He said the man had been staying at the resort in Sepilok when he was thought to have fled into a secondary forest near the Sabah Forestry Department headquarters.

ACP Rowell said police have recorded his statement to facilitate investigations.

It was reported earlier that the man had wandered off into the secondary jungle about 10km from Sandakan town on Wednesday eve­ning after both he and his sister failed to save his relationship with a Sandakan woman during a meeting earlier.

The sister, who was unable to contact him, raised the alarm at about 10.25pm on Wednesday.

A search party could not locate him in the forest.

The search was abandoned the next day after police suspected it was a lovers' quarrel and that the man was just hiding from his family.