The remains of a missing Australian grandmother have been found on a multi-million-dollar construction site in Malaysia.
Annapuranee ‘Anna’ Jenkins, 65, from Adelaide, was visiting George Town, on Penang Island, to spend time with her sick 101-year-old mother in December 2017 when she disappeared.
She was on her way back from a dentist’s appointment in an Uber, when she suddenly fled the car without explanation.
The driver of the car said she left the car in a hurry. She has not been seen or heard from since.
However two months ago a local tipped-off the family after stumbling on partially buried human remains and a number of items that belonged to the tragic granny.
Royal Malaysian Police confirmed that the bones, found 500m from where Mrs Jenkins went missing, belonged to her after her son completed a DNA test.
Her family are preparing to bring the granny’s remains back to Australia so she can be buried and have urged the police to properly investigate the circumstances surrounding her mysterious death.
Mrs Jenkins’ son, who does not want to be named due to his job, said he collapsed and burst into tears after the DNA test proved the bones were those of his mother.
‘We’re all completely and utterly heartbroken. We all planned for this to happen but no one planned for it to come true,’ the son told the Sunday Mail.
Her son said even though he travelled to Malaysia to complete a DNA test he didn’t want the results because he still hoped his mum would come home.
‘Our entire family has prepared for the past two-and-a-half years that mum is not coming back and now we get told you’re never going to hug your mum and you’re never going to see her again,’ he said.
‘I’m not a Christian but mum and dad are Catholics so I wanted to go to the site to say a quick prayer for mum to absorb the gravity of the situation.’
The discovery of Mrs Jenkins’ remains came after a Good Samaritan sent through an anonymous tip-off which led investigators to the construction site.
The concerned local sent the family the images on June 14 after tracking down their contact details from a missing persons poster.
The photographs showed human remains and personal belongings which were dug up from the site.
This included a blue top the grandmother was wearing before she disappeared, as well as a keycard for Hotel Jen, where Mrs Jenkins was staying.
Photos also showed a dental appointment card, Clare Country Club pen, rosary beads, a glasses case, an asthma inhaler and a mix of Malaysian and Australian coins, which were all found on the worksite.
While both Malaysian and Australian authorities have provided assistance, the family has felt it hasn’t been enough and they hired private investigators.
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