A group of villagers scouring the jungle for missing runner Mohamad Ashraf Hassan, who vanished without a trace on March 23, have discovered a pile of bones at Gua Kandu in Gopeng near here. (NSTP Archive)

IPOH: A group of villagers scouring the jungle for missing runner Mohamad Ashraf Hassan, who vanished without a trace on March 23, have discovered a pile of bones at Gua Kandu in Gopeng near here.

The discovery was made at about 1pm yesterday, four days after authorities temporarily suspended the search and rescue operation for Ashraf, who has been missing for almost a month.

Perak police chief Datuk Razarudin Husain said the forensics team was running pathology tests to determine whether they were human bones.

“Villagers found one long bone, which resembles a fibula, as well as eight smaller pieces of bones measuring between six (15cm) and eight inches,” he told the New Straits Times today.

“If the bones belong to a human, we will run a DNA test to determine whether they are Ashraf’s,” he said, adding that initial findings showed that the bones were old.

Ashraf, also known as Acap, was one of the participants in a mixed group of 485 runners who took part in the Gopeng Ultra Trail (GUT) 2019 here.

He failed to make it to the finish line when the event ended at 2pm on March 23.

The SAR operation to locate Ashraf was suspended temporarily because villagers in the area wanted to search for Ashraf themselves.

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