Kin of man missing for 15 years want closure

They seek court order to declare him legally dead after all search efforts come up blank

Mr Sim Eng Sua holding a photo of his father, Mr Sim Toh Hock, who has not returned to their Bukit Panjang flat or contacted his family since heading out for breakfast on the morning of Aug 4, 2004.
Mr Sim Eng Sua holding a photo of his father, Mr Sim Toh Hock, who has not returned to their Bukit Panjang flat or contacted his family since heading out for breakfast on the morning of Aug 4, 2004.ST PHOTO: CALVIN YANG
Mr Sim Eng Sua (right) and his wife, Mrs Sim Mei Mei, looking for photos of the missing patriarch Sim Toh Hock.
Mr Sim Eng Sua (right) and his wife, Mrs Sim Mei Mei, looking for photos of the missing patriarch Sim Toh Hock.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
Mr Sim Eng Sua in his Bukit Panjang flat, where his missing father used to stay.
Mr Sim Eng Sua in his Bukit Panjang flat, where his missing father used to stay.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

He disappeared without a trace nearly 15 years ago. Now his family, after years of fruitless searching, is seeking a court order to declare him legally dead.

Retired construction worker Sim Toh Hock, who would now be 85, has not returned to his Bukit Panjang flat or contacted his family since heading out for breakfast on the morning of Aug 4, 2004. Notices put up in newspapers and search efforts across the island over the years have drawn a blank.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 15, 2019, with the headline 'Kin of man missing for 15 years want closure'. Subscribe