Mon, 18 Sep 2000

Three bodies found in rivers

JAKARTA (JP): Two bodies clutching to each other were found on Friday on the banks of the Citarum river in Bekasi, east of here.

The as yet unidentified bodies were found by students who were passing by the location near Singkil village, Muara Gembong, at 9 a.m.

Both bodies were taken to the morgue of Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital (RSCM), Central Jakarta.

The female victim, thought to be about 40 years old, was wearing underwear, while the male victim, about 25 years old, was in shorts. Both victims were about 160 centimeters tall. Both bodies had bruises consistent with being hit with blunt objects.

Bekasi police have yet to identify the bodies and the cause of death.

Meanwhile, another body taken to RSCM was found on the banks of the Kali Malang river near Duku Atas, Central Jakarta, on Saturday with a hypodermic syringe in a pocket of his trousers.

The body, wearing a black shirt and green trousers but no footwear, was found by locals.

The investigation is being handled by Tanah Abang police. (07)