Dead man found by Taiwan river might be Indonesian worker

Police found a ring and a label referring to an Indonesian clothing item

A label leading police to believe the dead man was an Indonesian worker. (By Central News Agency)

A ring found near the dead man's body. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – According to items found nearby, a man found dead by a river in Chiayi County Thursday might be a foreign worker, possibly from Indonesia, police said Saturday.

On Thursday, the body was found in a banana garden near the Bazhang Creek (八掌溪) in the township of Shuishang (水上), but no obvious cause of death was found.

While the results of an autopsy and of DNA testing are still expected to provide more clarity in that respect, police Saturday presented several items found nearby in the hope that someone could throw more light on the deceased man’s identity.

No identity documents were found, but the man was about 1.5 meter to 1.55 m tall, with his hair reaching a length of 6 to 10 centimeters, police told the Central News Agency.

What led the authorities to believe the man was a foreign worker, was the presence of a label reading “sarung tenun LONTAR.” While Lontar is the name of several villages in Indonesia, a “sarung tenun” reportedly refers to a piece of traditional clothing in the same country which is often used during religious practice. The investigators also found a metal ring nearby, according to CNA.

The body showed no obvious signs of injuries nor any serious defensive wounds around the arms and legs, but still there were signs leading investigators to speculate the man might have been tied up after his death so the body could be moved, the report said.

Police were calling on members of the public to come forward with information if they recognized the ring or the textile label. They said they wanted to identify the deceased as soon as possible to help find the cause of death.