British tourist missing in Malaysian jungle

31st May 2014, Comments 0 comments

Malaysian police on Saturday were looking for a British man who went missing when hiking in the jungle on a popular resort island four days ago.

Gareth Huntley, 34, did not return Tuesday from a waterfall trek on the island of Tioman off Malaysia's east coast.

A group of 10 policemen were combing the jungle Saturday to look for the tourist, said district police chief Johari Jahaya.

"We are still searching for him. I think he is lost in the jungle," Johari told AFP. "So far there is no sign of foul play."

Huntley's friends have set up a "Find Gareth Huntley" Facebook page, saying they are "extremely worried" and urging faster progress in the search.

"We need to find him ASAP and put pressure on the Malaysian authorities, as they seem to be dragging this on without urgency, action and results," they said on the page.

Johari said police were only informed Thursday that Huntley was missing by the owner of the chalets where he was staying, and were doing their best to find him.

French tourist Stephanie Foray, a 30-year-old civil servant, went missing on Tioman in May 2011. Her remains were found in August that year, buried in a cave.

A Malaysian shopkeeper pleaded not guilty in May 2012 to murdering her after she refused him sex. The trial is ongoing.

However, violent crime against tourists in Malaysia is rare.

© 2014 AFP

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