- Published on Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:23
JOHOR BARU: THE death of Estonian model Regina Soosalu in Pulau Rawa, Mersing, initially believed to be due to drowning, is now classified as murder.
Johor Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Hasnan Hassan said police had initially classified the death as drowning.
“However, there were injuries on the victim’s body, which led us to reclassify the case under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.”
The freelance model arrived in Pulau Rawa on July 1 and was found drowned on the beach the same day.
It could not yet be determined if her injuries were caused by blunt-force trauma from an object or other physical injuries.
According to sources familiar with the investigations, Soosalu and her colleagues were staying at a resort on the island at the time of the incident.
It was believed that her colleagues became concerned when she did not return to her room and began to search the island. She was last seen at 7pm. Her colleagues then found her body on the beach about 10pm.
Hasnan said police had detained six individuals to assist with the investigation.
“We are waiting for the post-mortem report,” he said at the Johor police contingent headquarters in Kampung Pandan here yesterday.
Hasnan denied that police only informed Soosalu’s family of her death several days after her body was found.
“We alerted the Estonian Embassy in Beijing once the body was recovered.”
On her Facebook page, Soosalu had listed Estonian capital, Tallinn, as her hometown but she had been living in Kuala Lumpur.
She indicated that she was in a relationship with a man. Her last Facebook posting was on June 29 when she changed the cover photo of her page.