After over a month of search efforts at riverbanks, forests, and mining lakes, family members of Su Kim Chang received the grim news they feared all along.
The body of their 57-year-old father was found buried in a palm oil estate in Kahang, Johor.
According to Harian Metro, the mysterious disappearance of Su, a retired police officer, has come to a conclusion after 47 days of search and investigation.
His body was discovered in a 0.9-metre deep 'grave' in an oil palm plantation at Batu 26 on Saturday morning, 17 October.
"The man's next-of-kin was called to identify the body, but due to its decomposing condition, they could not do so," said Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.
"However, they confirmed the clothes on the body were the same as the ones worn by Su when he went missing, so we are waiting for the result of the DNA test."
It is believed that the victim was murdered by Su's good friends
In another report by Harian Metro published yesterday, 19 October, Ayob said the two suspects and the victim were old friends.
In fact, the victim had many times lent money to the suspects for business purposes.
"We believe the motive for the murder has to do with debt," said the state police chief on Monday.
"The victim, who was also a retired police officer in a special branch in Kluang, gave some money to the suspects for business purposes. The victim was not a loan shark, he offered the money on the basis of friendship."
"When the victim asked for money back from the suspects, this may have led to an argument and murder."
It is understood that the suspects owed Su a remaining of RM2,500.
Su's body was found after the two suspects gave the details of the buried location following their arrest on 16 October.
It is not reported whether Su was murdered by one of the suspects or both.
So far, the investigation has revealed that Su was killed in a separate location before being buried at the palm oil estate
Ayob said the police believe that an altercation leading to murder took place at the tire shop store where the suspect worked between 8pm and 12am on 31 August.
It was previously reported that Su went out to meet his business partner in Taman Kahang Baru on Hari Kebangsaan.
"The bruises on Su's body are believed to be the result of four hits with a blunt object," Ayob explained.
The case is currently still being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, reported New Straits Times.
Prior to this, Su's son spent his days tirelessly looking for his father and even distributed RM10,000-reward posters in his search effort: