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Malaysian army to join search for British tourist

Published on Jun 2, 2014 9:04 PM
 
A recent undated handout picture released by the #Find Gareth Huntley Campaign on May 31, 2014, shows British man Gareth Huntley who has been missing in Malaysia since going for a solo trek on May 27, 2014, pictured at an unknown location. Malaysian authorities insisted on Monday that they are committed to finding a Briton who went missing on a popular resort island six days ago, with an army helicopter sent to aid the search. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysian authorities insisted on Monday that they are committed to finding a Briton who went missing on a popular resort island six days ago, with an army helicopter sent to aid the search.

Mr Gareth Huntley, 34, went missing after a waterfall trek on Tuesday last week in the jungles of Tioman Island off Malaysia's east coast. A search has yet to find any trace of him, police told AFP.

"We have no leads. About 90 men are looking for him as well as search dogs. One helicopter from the army is about to arrive," said district police chief Johari Jahaya, who is leading the search.

Claims that police are not serious about the search are untrue, he added. The Londoner's friends have set up a "Find Gareth Huntley" Facebook page, saying they are "extremely worried" and urging faster progress in the search.

 
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