Malaysia police 'investigate Gareth Huntley fight claims'

Police in Malaysia have reportedly begun to investigate claims that Briton Gareth Huntley was involved in a fight shortly before he went missing, following the discovery of his body near where he was staying.

Malaysia police look into 'rumours' of Huntley fight

Mohammad Zakaria Ahmad, a senior police official leading the investigation into the death of Briton Gareth Huntley, said he was investigating reports of a fight involving Mr Huntley shortly before his disappearance.

Malaysian police remove Mr Huntley's body following its discovery more than a week after he went missing
Malaysian police remove Mr Huntley's body following its discovery more than a week after he went missing Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

"These are rumours but we are looking into them," he told the Sunday Telegraph.

Mr Huntley's body was found in a pond just yards from a kayak storage shed at the Juara Turtle Project where he had been volunteering. The cause of death has not yet been established.

Read: 'Devastated' family pay tribute to Gareth Huntley

Malaysia police probe Gareth Huntley fight claims

Malaysian police are investigating claims British backpacker Gareth Huntley was involved in a fight shortly before he went missing in the Malaysian jungle, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

The body of Gareth Huntley, 34, was found more than a week after he disappeared on 27 May
The body of Gareth Huntley, 34, was found more than a week after he disappeared on 27 May Credit: PA

Mr Huntley, 34, disappeared on May 27 when he went on a trek to a waterfall on Tioman Island, off the south-eastern coast of the country's mainland.

A body found on Wednesday, close to where he was living, has since been confirmed to be that of Mr Huntley.

Read: Police confirm body found is that of missing Brit

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'Devastated' family pay tribute to Gareth Huntley

The family of British backpacker Gareth Huntley, who was found dead in the Malaysian jungle, have said that "no words can describe the void he will leave." In a statement, the family said:

"We would like to thank everyone who came together in the last week to do everything in their power to help find Gareth. You have been extraordinary and we are deeply touched and deeply grateful.

"There are no words that can capture the devastation we feel right now; no words that can capture the kindness, warmth and spirit that Gareth exuded; no words that can describe the void he will leave in all of the lives he touched.

"Gareth lived every minute of his life as fully as he could; never without a smile and always with others in his heart. You will never leave our hearts Gareth."

Police in Malaysia confirmed that the body was discovered on Tioman island was that of Gareth Huntley.

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Police confirm body found is that of missing Brit

Police in Malaysia have confirmed that the body discovered on Tioman island is that of missing Briton Gareth Huntley.

The body of Gareth Huntley, 34, was found on Wednesday. He disappeared on May 27. Credit: PA

In a statement, the Foreign Office said:

"Malaysian Police have now confirmed that the body found on Tioman island is Gareth Huntley.

The Foreign Office will remain in close contact with the Malaysian authorities and our staff continue to support Gareth's family at this tragic time."

Read: 'Body found' in Malaysia near missing Brit's last location

Malaysian police 'not ruling out foul play' in body find

Officials in Malaysia have said that they have not ruled out the possibility of foul play in connection with the decomposing body found in the search for missing Briton Gareth Huntley, Malaysian newspaper The Star reported.

Gareth Huntley, 34, disappeared on May 27 when he went on a trek to a waterfall on Tioman Island, Malaysia.
Gareth Huntley, 34, disappeared on May 27 when he went on a trek to a waterfall on Tioman Island, Malaysia. Credit: PA

The body was found on Wednesday in a pond yards away from a kayak storage shed at the Juara Turtle Project where the 34-year-old had been volunteering.

Read: Mother of missing Briton gives DNA sample

Pahang state police chief Sharifuddin Ab Ghani said: "The cause of death is still undetermined, hence this case is still classified as sudden death at this stage, although we can't rule out any possibilities of foul play."

He told the paper that an iPhone was found near the body, but there was no sign of any of Mr Huntley's personal documentation.

He added that there did not appear to be any visible wounds and that the body did not look like that of a Malay.

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Police tape around site where body found in Malaysia

Images from the site where a body was found in the search for missing British backpacker Gareth Huntley show a Malaysian pond surrounded by trees and a canoe rack cordoned off by police.

The pond is surrounded by dense jungle.
Police tape around a canoe centre on Tioman island in Malaysia.
The body has not yet been confirmed as the missing Briton Gareth Huntley.

Foreign Office confirm body found in Malaysia

Police searching for missing British backpacker Gareth Huntley in the Malaysian jungle have found a body, the Foreign Office said.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "Malaysian police have confirmed that a body has been found on Tioman island in Malaysia.

"Foreign Office consular staff on the ground are continuing to work closely with the Malaysian authorities and are investigating with them as a matter of urgency. We continue to provide support to the family of Gareth Huntley at this very difficult time."

Body 'found 20 yards' from Malaysia conservation camp

A body found in Malaysia near where missing Briton Gareth Huntley was last seen, is reportedly to have been located in the Mentawak River, some 20 yards from a kayak storage unit within the compound of the conservation camp Huntley volunteered in.

The body was reportedly found 20 miles from the conservation camp he volunteered in Credit: Google Maps

According to the Malaysian newspaper The Star, the body was behind a row of cabins which had been occupied by rescue operators over the last three days. The body was reportedly found in a nearby pond.

The Juara Turtle Camp has been cordoned off as a result, and has now become the site of a police investigation, the newspaper said.

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