Filipina found dead in Malaysian river, homicide suspected —DFA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 8) — The Filipina whose body was found in a river in Malaysia could be a victim of homicide, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday.

In a statement, the DFA said a plantation worker found the body of Madelyn Asuncion floating in Pengalan River in Sabah, Malaysia on November 28.

Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose said "there was enough evidence to classify the case as a possible homicide" based on reports from authorities.

The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur is waiting for the official report and autopsy results, the DFA said.

The agency expressed its condolences to Asuncion's family.

Asuncion is a Zamboanga City native, but had been living with her father in Malaysia for the past 10 years, according to the DFA.