The mysterious disappearance of a grandmother could finally be solved three years after she went missing without a trace in Malaysia, but her heartbroken family fear a cover-up by police.
Adelaide grandmother Annapuranee ‘Anna’ Jenkins, 66, has been missing since December 13, 2017 after vanishing on the streets of Malaysia after a dentist’s appointment.
Just as the family was ready to give up hope, a good Samaritan sent through an anonymous tip off which could reveal her final resting place.
They now fear the fresh evidence could point to foul play amid accusations of a damning cover-up by by the Malaysian police.
Adelaide grandmother Annapuranee ‘Anna’ Jenkins (pictured), 66, was visiting Malaysia to check in with her sick 101-year-old mother on December 13 2017
The family recently received photographs (pictured) showing human remains and belongings which were dug up from a multi-million dollar construction site metres from her last sighting
The family recently received photographs showing human remains and personal belongings which were dug up from a multimillion dollar construction site only metres from her last sighting, reported the Sunday Mail.
This included a blue top the grandmother was wearing before she disappeared, as well as a keycard for Hotel Jen where she was staying.
Photos also show a dental appointment card, Clare Country Club pen, rosary beads, glasses case, asthma inhaler and a mix of Malaysian and Australian coins, which were all found on the worksite.
Photos also show a dental appointment card, Clare Country Club pen, rosary beads, glasses case and an asthma inhaler at the site (pictured)
A blue shirt the grandmother was wearing before she disappeared was also found at the construction site (pictured)
The evidence was reportedly unearthed in close proximity to the Goh Dental Surgery – where Ms Jenkins had an appointment before vanishing three years ago.
A concerned local sent the family the images on June 14 after tracking down their contact details off a missing persons poster.
The evidence was allegedly dug from the site of a $107million villa development in March, and has already been seized by the Royal Malaysian Police.
Police allegedly denied the existence of bones near the Penang Turf Club to the family on June 16, after communicating with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
However conflicting reports emerged claiming officers had uncovered bones belonging to a man on the site six days later.
The family want the bones tested and the possessions examined for DNA, but they’re concerned a failure to initially acknowledge the discovery could be part of a cover-up.
A concerned local sent the family the images on June 14 after tracking down their contact details off a missing persons poster (pictured)
Ms Jenkin’s son, whose job prevents him being identified, told the Sunday Mail the family is fearful police may destroy evidence.
He said it’s hard to determine if a failure to address and act on the new clues is intentional.
‘With the Royal Malaysian Police, we don’t know if it’s apathy, ignorance, incompetence or a combination of all three,’ he said.
He said police didn’t declare a crime scene after the items were uncovered, and already disposed of some of the evidence.
‘If the police get it we fear they will do exactly what they did with the bones and get rid of it,’ the son said.
Annapuranee ‘Anna’ Jenkins, 66, was visiting Malaysia to check in with her sick 101-year-old mother when she disappeared on December 13 2017
Meanwhile Ms Jenkins’ daughter, Jen Bowen, is hopeful the new development could finally relieve some of the family’s emotional trauma.
‘Knowing what happened to mum would allow us to feel at peace and us some closure,’ Ms Bowen said.
She believes her mother’s disappearance has exacerbated her father’s ill health, including the onset of dementia and a diagnosis of breast cancer last year.
The family want Malaysian police to pursue the new lead as part of a their investigation.
Mrs Jenkins’ daughter, Jen Bowen (pictured), is hopeful the new development could finally relieve some of the family’s emotional trauma
But they are also concerned the only way police will act is if the good Samaritan comes forward.
Ms Jenkins, 66, was visiting Malaysia to check in with her sick 101-year-old mother when she disappeared.
She was on her way back from a dentist appointment in an Uber, when she suddenly fled the car and vanished on the streets of Penang.
The driver of the car said she left the car in a hurry and never saw her again. That was the last time anyone saw the beloved grandmother.
While both Malaysian and Australian authorities have provided assistance, the family has felt it hasn’t been enough and have hired private investigators.
‘It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack, but we’ve got 100 haystacks,’ Mrs Bowen told 7 News.
The family also set up a Facebook page to garner support for their cause.
She was on her way back from a dentists appointment when she suddenly fled the car and vanished on the streets of Penang (pictured, CCTV footage from the day she disappeared)