Body found on Pulau Tioman confirmed to be missing Briton

The body of a man found in the holiday resort of Pulau Tioman on Wednesday has been confirmed as missing Briton Gareth David Huntley, Malaysian media reported. -- PHOTO: AFP
The body of a man found in the holiday resort of Pulau Tioman on Wednesday has been confirmed as missing Briton Gareth David Huntley, Malaysian media reported. -- PHOTO: AFP

TIOMAN - The body of a man found in the holiday resort of Pulau Tioman on Wednesday has been confirmed as missing Briton Gareth David Huntley, Malaysian media reported.

The confirmation was made after a DNA sample taken from the body was found to be a match with the sample given by Huntley's mother, Janet Southwell, reported Astro Awani, according to Malaysian Insider.

However, the cause of death has yet to be ascertained because of the level of decomposition, Pahang police chief Datuk Sharifuddin Ab Ghani was reported as saying by Astro Awani news portal.

Huntley, 34, failed to return from a jungle trek on the island located off the east coast of Malaysia on May 27, leading to a manhunt and rising concern in Britain, including from Prime Minister David Cameron.

Rescuers found a body on Wednesday on the banks of a small stream near a conservation and research site, the Juara Turtle Project, where Huntley had served as a volunteer.