Malaysian police search jungle on Tioman island for missing British hiker

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 June, 2014, 5:14am
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 June, 2014, 5:14am


Malaysian police were yesterday looking for a British man who went missing when hiking in the jungle on a popular resort island on Tuesday.

Gareth Huntley, 34, from London, did not return from a waterfall trek on the island of Tioman off Malaysia's east coast. Police were combing the jungle to look for the tourist, said district police chief Johari Jahaya.

"We are still searching for him. I think he is lost in the jungle," Johari said. "So far there is no sign of foul play."

Huntley (left) had been working as a volunteer at the Juara Turtle Project, a conservation and research group.

"We need real action now to find Gareth," his brother Mark said. "Gareth's been missing now for five days and he's alone in the jungle. This was a man working out there as a wildlife volunteer - he deserves our assistance."

He urged the British government to push the Malaysian authorities to do more to find his brother.

Huntley's mother, Janet Southwell, said: "I am extremely concerned and anxious about my son. I feel it is essential that the search be intensified, as time is running out for Gareth."

Huntley's friends have set up a "Find Gareth Huntley" Facebook page, saying they are "extremely worried" and urging faster progress in the search.

"We need to find him ASAP and put pressure on the Malaysian authorities, as they seem to be dragging this on without urgency, action and results," they wrote on the page.

Johari said police were only informed on Thursday that Huntley was missing by the owner of the chalets where he had been staying, and his officers were doing their best to find him.