Skeletal remains found in Bandar Hilir

Kampung Portugis resident Gregory De Roche, 85, had been reported missing since Nov 3.

MELAKA: The skeletal remains believed to be those of a Kampung Portugis resident reported missing two weeks ago were found in a bush at Taman Kampung Atap in Bandar Hilir here yesterday.

Melaka Central district deputy police chief Raiz Mukhliz Azman Aziz said the skeleton remains, believed to be those of Gregory De Roche, 85, were found by members of the Bandar Hilir Task Force, the Fire and Rescue Department and the victim’s relatives at about 3.50pm.

A wallet, shirts and a silver chain found near the remains were confirmed by the relatives to belong to De Roche, who was reported missing since Nov 3. De Roche was believed to be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

“Investigations are ongoing to ascertain the identity of the victim,” Raiz Mukhliz told Bernama.

The skeleton remains were sent to the Melaka Hospital’s forensic unit.