Man’s skull, skeleton found 6 months after his murder

The police had recently found a six-month-old skull and skeleton of an Asian on a seaside desert in Samhah near Ghantoot in Abu Dhabi and arrested a suspect.


Nissar Hoath

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Published: Wed 20 Mar 2013, 8:58 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 4:09 AM

According to the Abu Dhabi Police, the skull was found partially buried under the sand near the Samhah coastline while the rest of the skeleton was buried under a nearby tree.

“First we found the head of the victim following a tip from a worker and later searched for the rest of the body. Forensic reports suggest that the victim’s head was chopped off with a sharp object and was buried under the sand,” a statement from the Abu Dhabi Police said.

“After receiving the report about the incident, an investigative team along with forensic experts was deployed in the area. The skull and the skeleton were sent for examination to determine his identity. According to initial reports, the victim is an Asian national who worked as a bulldozer operator for a contracting company,” said Colonel Dr Rashid Mohammed Burshid, Director of Criminal Investigation at the Abu Dhabi Police.

Burshid further added one of the suspects was arrested recently and two had fled the country. One of them fled the country on the second day of the crime while the other on the third day. He said the victim was killed after being sexually abused by the three suspects.

The one who has been arrested is believed to have severed the victim’s head and the other two buried the mutilated body under the sand.Eyewitnesses in the Samhah area told Khaleej Times that the skull was first discovered by a bulldozer operator working for a contracting company. He immediately reported it to his supervisors and then the police were informed.

The victim, according to workers in the area, had gone missing since September last year.

“One of his co-workers, after having no news about him, called his family back home to check if he has gone back. But when his friend was told the victim was not there, he informed his supervisor who reported the matter to the police,” I. Mandi, a driver of a nearby private department, said. “The skull was found around 8am. We all were involved in the search for the victim’s body and finally found it late in the afternoon,” said Mohammed Ramzan, a worker.

Without identifying the names and nationalities, the Abu Dhabi Police said both the victim and the suspects were of Asian origin.

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