Family members of deceased Australian Annapuranee Jenkins will push for an inquest if there are any elements of foul play found in the case.
Representing the family, lawyer S Raveentharan said they will wait for the autopsy report before proceeding with filing for an inquest.
“The autopsy report will identify the cause of death. If there is any foul play or wrongdoing, we will go for an inquest.
“For now, we will leave the police to complete their investigation,” he said in a special press conference at the Jen Hotel yesterday.
Also present were Annapuranee’s son Greg Jenkins and Kebun Bunga assemblyman Jason Ong Khan Lee.
The 40-year-old gave a teary press conference about the investigation by the police on his missing mother.
He even compiled his own chronology of the case to keep updated on the investigation.
With the confirmation of the Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) results recently, he will return to Australia with the remains the investigators had gathered so far.
“I will return (to Malaysia), once the investigation is completed.
“I would like to thank the police for their dedication to investigate the case.
“There are many questions left unanswered. Hopefully, there will be,” he said after the press conference.
Annapuranee, known to her friends as Anne, was in Penang for a short holiday with her husband, Frank, when she disappeared.
On Dec 13, 2017, the day of her disappearance, she had left her hotel at Jalan Magazine in a taxi for a dental check-up at a clinic on Burmah Road.
After her appointment, the clinic’s receptionist helped her hail an Uber ride to her mother’s care home in Batu Lanchang Lane.
Annapuranee, however, disembarked ahead of her destination at Ramakrishna Ashram on Scotland Road.
She had been missing ever since.
The case went cold until June 24 this year, when a pelvic bone was found at a site next to the Turf Club in Jalan Batu Gantung.
Human remains were discovered scattered around a construction site within a 2km radius of her last known location on Scotland Road. DNA testing by police indicate the human remains to be that of Annapuranee.
On Thursday, Greg collected his mother’s belongings that were found with her remains.
He claimed there was a massive injustice in the way his mother’s missing person case was handled by the police back in 2017.
“Nevertheless, the recent discovery of my mother’s remains has prompted the Bukit Aman forensic team to take swift and encouraging efforts,” he said.
He expressed his gratitude to local police for continuing the investigation as well as to search the construction site for the rest of his mother’s remains.
“We, the Jenkins family, shall seek justice, the truth and closure for our beloved mother,” he said.