Frenchwoman’s body ‘found’ in Malaysia

Malaysian police said Tuesday they had found human remains believed to be those of a 30-year-old French woman who was last seen three months ago on a resort island.

Stephanie Foray, a 30-year-old civil servant, had arrived in Malaysia on May 5 and went missing shortly after taking a ferry five days later to Tioman island off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, according to Malaysian media.

Police last week said they had arrested two Malaysian men over her disappearance.

Johari Jahaya, chief of the police district with jurisdiction over Tioman, told AFP that police discovered the skeletal remains on the island on Monday.

“I can confirm that we have found a skeleton on the island and we are now getting a DNA test to see if it is actually that of the French woman,” he said, declining further comment.

The New Straits Times newspaper quoted T. Narenasegaran, head of criminal investigations for Pahang state, of which Tioman is part, as saying the remains had been buried in a cave.

Police were led to the site by one of the two detained suspects.

“We then found some clothes which we believe were Foray’s before the suspect pointed to the spot where the remains were buried,” he told the paper.

“After digging for about four hours, and at a depth of about three metres, we found a mattress. Below it were the remains. The skeletal remains were intact,” he said.

Foray left France in November last year on a holiday that took her to India and Sri Lanka before she arrived in Malaysia.

Her family lost contact with her three days later, with the French embassy subsequently putting out a missing persons alert. Embassy officials have declined comment on the case.

The New Straits Times previously reported the two men arrested were the 44-year-old owner of a Tioman chalet and his cousin.


French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

France’s Economy Minister has praised the work of Bordeaux law officers, after they seized more than 2.4 tonnes of cannabis resin with an estimated street value in excess of €19 million.

French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

Bruno Le Maire and Minister Delegate in charge of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal in a joint statement: “Once again, Customs distinguished itself with an exceptional seizure of cannabis, recalling its key role in the fight against drug trafficking. We congratulate the customs officers for their daily commitment to the protection of our fellow citizens.”

Two people were taken into custody after officers stopped a lorry from Spain on the A63, near the Saugnac-et-Muret toll area, just south of Bordeaux, on Monday.

According to Le Figaro, the drugs were hidden in side compartments of the lorry, and concealed by its stated load of wheat, and were discovered by a sniffer dog during the stop.

In total, 2,414.8kg of cannabis resin and 9.75kg of cannabis herb were intercepted by the Bordeaux brigade, with an estimated value of more than €19 million on the illicit market.

Since the end of July, 2022, Customs officials have seized nearly 73 tonnes of drugs, including 41.2 tonnes of cannabis.

The French drugs squad is now investigating to determine the point of origin of the drugs, as well as their destination and the crime network behind the smuggling attempt.