Woman, 48, dies after incident in forest near Upper Bukit Timah Road

Ms Melita Dollah leaves behind four children. PHOTO: MELITA DOLLAH/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - A 48-year-old woman was found motionless in a forested area along Upper Bukit Timah Road on Sunday afternoon (Dec 19), the police said.

The Straits Times understands a concrete slab had fallen on Ms Melita Dollah.

On Tuesday (Dec 21), the police said they were alerted to a case of unnatural death at about 12.40pm on Sunday.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said she was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

The police added that the woman was unconscious when taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Based on preliminary investigations, the police said they do not suspect foul play and investigations are ongoing.

According to OneMap, the incident appears to have occurred on state land near Bukit Batok Nature Park managed by the Housing Board.

Since Sunday, Ms Melita's friends have taken to Facebook to express their shock over her death, with many posting condolence messages and prayers.

Among them was Mr Rizwan Mohd Yusof, who described her as a good friend, colleague and kind older sister in a post with a photo of him and Ms Melita.

He wrote in Malay: "Indeed to God we belong and to Him we shall return."

Another Facebook user, Ms Siti Nora, who identified herself as Ms Melita's cousin, told ST that her cousin leaves four children.

She said: "She's a family-oriented person. Being a single mum to four kids was not easy for her.

"Frankly, I'm still in shock."

She added that Ms Melita was like a big sister to her because her late mother had taken Ms Melita in as a goddaughter.

She noted that Ms Melita and her friends had visited the route several times before the incident on Sunday.

Ms Melita's Facebook profile shows she was a frequent hiker, with photos of visits to nature areas, such as the Rail Corridor and Pulau Ubin, with friends in the months before her death.

Photos on her Facebook page also show her venturing off the beaten track, having visited the abandoned Keppel Hill Reservoir and a deserted villa near Coney Island.

When ST arrived at the Upper Bukit Timah area at around 6.30pm on Tuesday, several unmarked trails cutting across the forested area were seen, with pieces of concrete debris, disused containers and rubble strewn across the forest floor.

An unmarked trail and pieces of concrete debris in the forested area along Upper Bukit Timah Road. ST PHOTOS: GIN TAY

In April, the Singapore Land Authority advised people to take precautions if they intend to hike on unmarked trails that cut through state land, which are not managed for recreation and public access.

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