Missing elderly man found dead near BKE

Police removing the body found in the vegetation by the Bukit Timah Expressway yesterday.
Police removing the body found in the vegetation by the Bukit Timah Expressway yesterday.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

MORE than a week after he went missing, an elderly man was found dead in vegetation by the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) yesterday morning just 600m away from the Woodlands Checkpoint.

Police said they received a call requesting assistance just before 9am. Paramedics pronounced him dead on the spot. Police, which did not provide more details about the dead man, said the case is being treated as an unnatural death.

The Straits Times has found out that the man is Mr Ow Lew Bin, who was last seen in Marsiling on June 6. The next day, police appealed for information on the 77-year-old.

Barely 400m from where his body lay, workers streamed in and out of a semi-conductor factory located just past BKE exit 10B, unaware of the grim discovery earlier in the day. The lone security guard at the building's entrance said he did not know police dogs and officers had been combing the area behind the factory, where the body was found.

Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported that the man is believed to have been dead for a few days. It was reported that some coins, along with $2 and $5 notes, were found on him.

AMIR HUSSAIN

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2015, with the headline 'Missing elderly man found dead near BKE'. Print Edition | Subscribe