Undertakers collect remains of Briton reported missing in Tioman

KUANTAN - The remains of Briton Gareth Huntley have been collected by undertakers acting on behalf of the British High Commission.

The undertakers arrived at the Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan mortuary at about 11am Monday and left with the body at about 1.30pm after finalising the documents.

No family members were present.

It is learnt that the body would be taken to Kuala Lumpur before being flown back to Huntley's home in Britain on Wednesday.

Huntley, who had come to Pulau Tioman to volunteer at a turtle conservation project, went missing while trekking alone to the Lubuk Teja waterfall on May 27.

His highly decomposed body was discovered by search and rescue personnel in Mentawak River, about 20m from a kayak storage unit at the Juara Lagoon chalet on June 4.

On Saturday, Pahang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Sharifuddin Ab Ghani confirmed the body was Huntley's after DNA test results determined a positive match with blood samples collected from the deceased's mother Janet Southwell.

His cause of death was still undetermined.