Gareth Huntley backpacker death: Inquest starts in Malaysia
30 June 2015
From the section Leeds & West Yorkshire
Mr Huntley had been working as a wildlife volunteer
An inquest is under way in Malaysia into the death of a backpacker whose body was found eight days after he was believed to have gone on a jungle trek.
Gareth Huntley, 34, of Leeds, went missing in May 2014 after he set off from Tioman island.
His body was found close to the Juara Turtle project, where he had been living and working as a volunteer.
A post-mortem examination revealed no external injuries and the cause of his death has never been discovered.
More than 30 witnesses are being called to testify at the inquest at Kuantan’s special coroner’s court in eastern Pahang state.
Mr Huntley’s mother, Janet Southwell, of Bradford, is expected to give evidence.
Mr Huntley had been volunteering at the turtle project before starting a new job in Singapore.
Following his disappearance on 27 May a search operation involving up to 100 people began. His body was found in a pond within 300ft (91m) of where he had been working.
He was identified after Mrs Southwell flew to Malaysia to provide a DNA sample.
A funeral for Mr Huntley was held at Leeds Minster.
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