Seal off construction site, urges family of missing Aussie woman

Steven Jenkins puts up a ‘missing’ sign at Scotland Road, Penang, near where his mother was last seen, during a previous visit.

GEORGE TOWN: The family of a missing Australian woman, whose belongings were recently found at a construction site here, today urged police to keep the site off-limits to facilitate a search and recovery mission.

Steven Jenkins, whose mother Annapuranee Jenkins had gone missing after a Uber ride at Scotland Road here three years ago, said the search must continue for her remains and other belongings.

Jenkins’ comments come after police revealed bones, a handbag containing a hotel keycard, Australian currency and an inhaler were found at a construction site at Scotland Road on June 24, some 500m away from where she was last seen.

He said the construction site, where bungalows and villas are being built, should be declared off-limits.

“We would like police to look for further remains and other personal effects which can shed light on her disappearance,” he told FMT.

In the meantime, he hoped the Malaysian immigration authorities would allow him to enter the country for DNA testing.

He said he had written to the immigration authorities a few weeks ago, so that he could meet police investigators, but had not received a reply.

In an immediate response, northeast district police chief Soffian Santong told FMT the area where the remains and belongings were found has been sealed off.

In the meantime, he said, police would consider digging up the site so long there was a positive DNA match of Annapuranee with her family members.

Yesterday, police revealed that a landscaping staff working on the fringes of the Penang Turf Club found human bones and items likely belonging to a woman at about 4pm on June 24. He brought the items to the police station in Kampung Baru, Air Itam.

“One of the items found by the man appears to be connected to a missing person’s report from 2017. We are waiting for the Australian High Commission to connect us to the family members to facilitate DNA testing,” police said.

Malaysian-born Annapuranee, fondly known as Anna, had been in Penang on a short holiday with her husband, Frank.

She left her hotel in a taxi on Dec 13, 2017, and went for a dental checkup at a clinic at Burma Road. After her appointment, the receptionist helped her to hail a Uber ride to her mother’s care home at Batu Lanchang Lane.

Anna, 65, alighted short of the care home at Scotland Road. She has been missing since.

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