The body of an elderly man believed to be murdered was discovered in the boot of a car at Jalan Wawasan 5/2, Taman Wawasan, Puchong yesterday.
Loh Sin Kan, 70 had been reported missing since Dec 31.
The police detained a man, aged 40, at a supermarket in Kuala Klawang, Negri Sembilan last Saturday after a missing person report was lodged over Loh’s disappearance.
Petaling Jaya district police chief ACP Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said based on initial investigations, police believe the incident occurred due to a dispute over a tyre sale worth an estimated RM1,100.
He said the family of the elderly man lodged two police reports over his disappearance on Friday and Saturday at the Ara Damansara police station.
Loh’s family had first lodged a police report when he failed to return to his Setia Alam, Shah Alam home after leaving for his workplace, a car service centre in Kampung Kayu Ara, Damansara a day earlier.
The family became more suspicious of Loh’s disappearance when they learnt his credit card was used twice at a store in Negeri Sembilan.
“The family informed the police that the victim’s credit card had been used by the suspect and there was a credit card transaction at a supermarket in Kuala Klawang,” Nik Ezanee told reporters at the scene of the incident.
Loh’s wife had contacted a staff of the workshop and was told that the man had reported for work and was last seen leaving the workshop in a customer’s car.
The case was initially investigated by police as a missing person report.
Nik Ezanee said the detained man was a businessman who owned a car workshop. The 40-year-old suspect who is from Negri Sembilan had yesterday evening led police to the victim’s body.
The body, which was sent to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) for an autopsy, was found in the boot of a green Volvo car.
The Fire and Rescue Department provided assistance to pry open the locked boot of the car.
“We believe that he was killed on Dec 31 based on the interrogation and the condition of the body,” he said.
Nik Ezanee added that the suspect has a past criminal record for cheating.
The case is now classified as murder.