False alarm over object thought to be missing arm of headless body

Police officers at Dakota Crescent. Police officers were alerted on Friday, Dec 13, 2013, to an object thought to be the missing arm of the decapitated body found floating in Whampoa River a day earlier. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Police officers at Dakota Crescent. Police officers were alerted on Friday, Dec 13, 2013, to an object thought to be the missing arm of the decapitated body found floating in Whampoa River a day earlier. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Police officers were alerted on Friday to an object thought to be the missing arm of the decapitated body found floating in Whampoa River a day earlier.

Singapore Civil Defence Force officers were seen retrieving an object from the Geylang River near Block 63 Dakota Crescent on Friday evening.

A group of students had noticed what looked like an arm floating in the river. Fourteen-year-old Celine Tan, 14, told The Straits Times: "I saw what looked like an arm floating down the river. The crowd grew quickly and I quickly went home to alert my mother."

But it turned out to be a false alarm.

Police said they received a call at about 5.56pm on Friday about "an unknown object found in a canal along Dakota Crescent". "Police arrived and established that the unknown object was a pair of gloves and no other incriminating object was found".

On Thursday morning, the decapitated body of a woman was found at Whampoa River. The arms of the body were also said to be missing. The case has been classified as murder and investigations are ongoing.