Monday, March 30, 2009

Two missing doctors found dead in ravine

The bodies of Dr Haliza Mohd Shafiee and Dr Amin Tai Abdullah @ Tai Yen Ming being taken to a helicopter at Bukit Tabuh near Taman Melawati, Ampang, yesterday.KUALA LUMPUR: The bodies of two doctors missing since Wednesday were found yesterday in a ravine near the Klang Gates in Ulu Ampang.
Dr Haliza Mohd Shafiee, 53, and Dr Amin Tai Abdullah @ Tai Yen Ming, 57, were believed to have slipped and fallen into the ravine while jungle trekking at a popular spot in Bukit Tabuh near Taman Melawati, Ampang.Their bodies were spotted by the pilots of a police helicopter at 2.15pm in a search operation launched in the area after a car belonging to one of the doctors was found near Bukit Melawati.The pilots radioed the general location of the bodies. Police, using tracker dogs, found them later.
Dr Haliza's body was brought out of the ravine first at 3.30pm while Dr Amin's body was retrieved 15 minutes later.Both bodies were badly decomposed and were sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for a post-mortem.Dr Haliza, a paediatrician, and Dr Amin, a paediatric surgeon, both employed at the Ampang Puteri Medical Centre, had been reported missing by their families on Wednesday. Closed-circuit television camera recordings showed that they left the medical centre at 11.30am on Wednesday in Dr Haliza's Nissan Latio.Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said the Latio was found at 6am yesterday. It is believed police had tracked the vehicle through its global positioning system device.Khalid said a guard at the Klang Gates dam had reported seeing the duo trekking in the area, something they apparently did quite often."They were reportedly close and both liked to go jungle trekking." The families of both doctors declined to speak to reporters. Ampang police chief Assistant Commissioner Abdul Jalil Hassan said the deaths of the two doctors had been classified as sudden death and police did not suspect foul play.
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