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Gareth Huntley’s family face two month wait for cause of death

Malaysian officials say it will take up to eight weeks to establish how a British man whose body was found on a jungle trail died.
The family of Gareth Huntley, the British accountant found dead last month on a jungle track on a Malaysian “paradise” island, face a two month wait to find out how he died, officials have said.

He was reported missing two weeks ago after setting off on a jungle trail to a waterfall on Tioman, the tropical island off Malaysia’s east coast, when he failed to meet friends for a planned diving trip.

Gareth HuntlyHis body was found on Wednesday in a jungle clearing a few hundred yards from the turtle conservation project where he had been working as a volunteer.

His mother Janet Southwell flew to Kuantan, the state capital, to help identify the body but police said it was so decomposed and damaged by scavenging animals that she could not look.

A sample of her DNA was taken and used to confirm the body was that of her son on Saturday. In a statement, Mr Huntley’s family expressed their sadness at his loss. “There are no words that can capture the devastation we feel right now; no words that can capture the kindness, warmth and spirit that Gareth exuded; no words that can describe the void he will leave in all of the lives he touched.”

They will now have to wait up to eight works to learn how he died after Malaysian officials said the degree of decomposition and the impact of wild animals had called for a more painstaking post-mortem process.

The initial post-mortem failed to reach a conclusion on the cause of death, and another pathologist has now been called in to give a second opinion.

British officials had been told the process could be completed in a few days but earlier today they were warned it is now expected to take two months.

Officials said they had been advised this was normal in cases where the body had deteriorated significantly.

On Saturday police said they were investigating reports that Mr Huntley had been involved in a fight with another foreigner in the days before his disappearance and death.

Local tour guides told The Telegraph over the weekend that Mr Huntley’s throat had been slit, but police would not confirm the claims.




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