Stephanie Foray is found in Tioman ... not alive?!?!

To answer this "Where in Malaysia is Stephanie Foray???", the place is Tioman. The sad news, though, it's a corpse of hers.

I hope I'm wrong. I hope I'm just quickly assuming the worst here. The articles so far mention cautiously the finding with the word 'believed'. There may be a possibility that the human remains do not belong to Stephanie Foray.

Let's just wait for further updates on this mystery.

Malaysian police said Tuesday they had found human remains believed to be those of a 30-year-old French woman who was last seen three months ago on a resort island.

Stephanie Foray, a 30-year-old civil servant, had arrived in Malaysia on May 5 and went missing shortly after taking a ferry five days later to Tioman island off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, according to Malaysian media.

Police last week said they had arrested two Malaysian men over her disappearance.

Johari Jahaya, chief of the police district with jurisdiction over Tioman, told AFP that police discovered the skeletal remains on the island on Monday.

"I can confirm that we have found a skeleton on the island and we are now getting a DNA test to see if it is actually that of the French woman," he said, declining further comment.

The New Straits Times newspaper quoted T. Narenasegaran, head of criminal investigations for Pahang state, of which Tioman is part, as saying the remains had been buried in a cave.

Police were led to the site by one of the two detained suspects.

"We then found some clothes which we believe were Foray's before the suspect pointed to the spot where the remains were buried," he told the paper.

"After digging for about four hours, and at a depth of about three metres, we found a mattress. Below it were the remains. The skeletal remains were intact," he said.

Foray left France in November last year on a holiday that took her to India and Sri Lanka before she arrived in Malaysia.

Her family lost contact with her three days later, with the French embassy subsequently putting out a missing persons alert. Embassy officials have declined comment on the case.

The New Straits Times previously reported the two men arrested were the 44-year-old owner of a Tioman chalet and his cousin.

From Channel NewsAsia, "French woman's remains believed found in Malaysia". (09/08/11)

Police have found a body of a woman believed to be that of missing French tourist Stephanie Foray.

The remains were recovered at Kampung Tekek in Pulau Tioman at about 4.30pm yesterday.

Sources said the body will be sent to Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital here today for a post-mortem and DNA testing to confirm the identity.

The French liaison officer Yves Godiveau, based in Singapore, who has been in constant contact with the police over the investigation, confirmed the recovery of the body.

“We are in the process of contacting the family to update them on the latest development,” he said yesterday.

The 30-year-old French civil servant was reportedly last seen alive on the island on May 8.

She was said to be among more than 90 passengers who arrived by ferry from Mersing and there was no record of her leaving the island, either by sea or by air.

So far, two suspects, locals from Kampung Tekek, have been picked up for questioning in connection with the woman's disappearance.

From The Star, "Remains of French tourist found in Tioman". (09/08/11)

The trail of missing French woman Stephanie Foray has ended on Pulau Tioman. Records showed that the 30-year-old French civil servant arrived on the island by ferry on May 10 and was last seen by locals at Kampung Tekek about 1.5km from the jetty.

Checks with the Marine Department revealed that Foray was among 91 passengers who took the 2.30pm ferry on May 10 from Mersing. There are no records of her leaving the island, either by sea or by air.

Police conceded yesterday that the fate of the woman was unknown and that for now the trail had ended in Pulau Tioman.

So far, two suspects, locals from Kampung Tekek, have been arrested in connection with the woman's disappearance.

One is a 44-year-old businessman who owns a chalet and a cafe where Foray was seen. The other suspect in custody is the businessman's cousin, who has a small orchard.

The orchard owner was found in possession of Foray's silver Nokia 1600 handphone and several Sri Lanka currency notes.

Police sources confirmed that both suspects had admitted that they knew Foray and spent time with her.

The New Straits Times spent three days in Pulau Tioman after reports revealed that Foray was last seen on the island and that the only suspects in this case were also from there.

A 74-year-old woman and her granddaughter said Foray was spotted on several occasions in Kampung Tekek. She allegedly stayed in a run-down chalet and was seen at a nearby cafe.

"I saw her at the cafe on a Friday afternoon at about 2.30pm. She was wearing a skirt and a T-shirt," said the young girl.

"The police later showed me photographs of the woman and I immediately recognised her.

"I saw her again two days later outside a chalet near my grandmother's house. She was packing a blue backpack, the same backpack which was in the photographs shown to me by the police.

"The woman was in the verandah while a dark-skinned local man was inside the chalet. I also saw my uncle, who owns the chalet, walking towards them. That was the last time I saw her."

The girl and her grandmother said they had given all this information to the police who interviewed them.

Police also confirmed that the two suspects in custody are relatives of the old woman.

In the same interview, the woman said one of the suspects came to her house after police had made the first arrest.

"He told me not worry about the arrest of the other relative. I became suspicious as police had already visited my house twice before, asking about the missing woman.

"At that time, I did not realise the seriousness of the case until both my relatives were arrested," the old woman said, adding that police teams from Pahang and Malacca came to the house several times after the arrest to take pictures and interview family members.

Kampung Tekek and Ayer Batang village head Kamarulzaman Ismail, 60, said he had checked with all the chalet owners under his jurisdiction, and none had any record of Foray staying at their premises.

"I was told by the police that they had picked up two men in my village to assist in their probe into the missing woman.

"I asked the villagers whether they had any information on the case, but they said they knew nothing," Kamarulzaman said.

Malacca police chief Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye confirmed that for the moment, Foray's trail had ended in Pulau Tioman.

He said at this juncture, police cannot say if she was dead or still alive, as there are no fresh leads in the investigations.

"We do not know what happened to her, but the investigations are still ongoing," he said.

Foray's case first came to light several weeks ago after the French embassy released her photograph and particulars as a missing person.

The woman left her country in November last year on a holiday which took her to India and Sri Lanka before she came to Malaysia on May 5.

She spent two days in Kuala Lumpur before leaving for Malacca, where her family lost contact with her.

It was reported that Foray, who travelled alone, would sent her family emails or call them at least once a week. The last time the family heard from her was on May 8.

In early June, the family contacted the French police who got in touch with their counterparts here.

From Asiaone, "Missing tourist didn't leave Tioman". (02/08/11)


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