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Chronology: Mystery of 7 missing Orang Asli students in Pos Tohoi, Gua Musang

Chronology: Mystery of 7 missing Orang Asli students in Pos Tohoi, Gua Musang
Miksudiari Aluj and Norieen Yaakob were found alive 48 days after they had been reported missing. - BERNAMA Photo
KUALA LUMPUR: The mystery surrounding the fate of the missing Orang Asli students from Pos Tohoi, Gua Musang, has finally been answered, 46 days after they fled from their hostel at SK Pos Tohoi.

The decomposed body of a child was found at Sungai Perias, 500 metres from Pos Tohoi on Wednesday and was later identified as Sasa Sobrie, 8.

On Friday, two students were found alive; Norieen Yaakob, 10, and Mikdusiari Aluj, 11.

Below is the chronology of events surrounding the disappearance of the seven Orang Asli students from Pos Tohoi, Gua Musang:

October 11, 2015:

The parents of one of the seven Orang Asli pupils are almost certain that the skeletal remains recovered yesterday morning were their daughter's, Juvina David.

Juvina's father, David Kuasam, 32, said his wife Shela Omar, 26, recognised their second of six children's beaded necklace and rubber bracelet that were found on the remains.

October 10, 2015:

The skeletal remains of a child believed to be one of the missing Orang Asli student, was found by search and rescue personnel on the banks of Sungai Perias at 11.20am.

October 9, 2015:
Two of the seven Orang Asli students that had gone missing in the jungles of Kelantan since August, were found alive.
 

The two have been identified as Norieen Yaakob, 10, and Miksudiari Aluj, 11.

Exclusive footage from inside the ambulance as the two students were taken to the Gua Musang Hospital.


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Search and rescue personnel also recovered an unidentified body.

Four more students are still unaccounted for. They are Juvina David, Linda Rosli, Ika Ayel and Haikal Yaakob.

October 8, 2015:

The parents of the seven students had gathered at the Gua Musang Hospital for the identification process.

Police had later confirmed the identity of the body found in a state of decay as Sasa Sobrie.

Police also confirmed the discovery of a skull and several ribs belonging to a child at 3.50pm whose gender has yet to be ascertained.


October 7, 2015:

A decomposed body of a girl was found by villagers near Sungai Perias, about 500 meters from Pos Tohoi.

The body was taken to the Gua Musang Hospital for a post mortem.

October 1, 2015:

Rural and Regional Development Deputy Minister, Datuk Ahmad Jazlan insisted the search for the students will continue 40 days after they were reported missing.


September 28,  2015:

Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi paid a visit to the families of the students and said authorities were also looking into elements of kidnapping, 37 days after they were reported missing.


September 17, 2015:

The search area was expanded up to 140 kilometers in radius, including small towns in Gua Musang.

The operation involved the police, the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department, RELA, the Orang Asli Affairs Department (JAKOA), apart from villagers and parents of the seven missing students.

September 9, 2015:

More than 200 Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) personnel were deployed, assisted by four Agusta combat helicopters to search for the seven missing students.

Armed Forces chief, Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said, the ATM were called in to assist the search and rescue (SAR) operations conducted by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) since Sept 1.

September 1, 2015:

Police announced the discovery of a pair of stockings, which could prove to be a clue to the whereabouts of the missing students.

It was later confirmed that the stockings did not belong to any of the students.



August 29, 2015:

The search area was expanded a week later the students were reported missing. Police said they believe the children had gotten lost in the jungle and were probably now searching for food.

August 25, 2015:

The police, villagers and the JAKOA embarked on a search and rescue mission after a police report was lodged.


August 23, 2015:

Seven Orang Asli students from SK Pos Tohoi, Gua Musang were reported missing on Aug 23 after failing to return to their hostel for fear of being punished for bathing in a nearby river without permission.