The search and rescue (SAR) efforts for missing runner Mohammad Ashraf Hassan who went missing last Saturday while in participation of the Gopeng Ultra Trail will continue on a smaller scale.
An earlier week-long SAR operation which was launched after a report was made regarding the missing runner, was called-off as the search team could not find any leads on his whereabouts.
However, according to Perak Police Chief Datuk Razarudin Husain, a smaller joint-effort will be take place to continue scouting around for clues.
“The previous SAR operation had involved about 800 people from various agencies such as police, Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Force, People’s Volunteer Corps (RELA) and villagers.
However, the efforts were to no avail and we have also searched for the man at all locations including the location which he was reported missing. It is impossible for him to have fallen off the cliff or somewhere as the track is safe and convenient,” he said, reported NST.
Bernama reported that Mohammad Ashraf took part in a mixed group of 485 runners in the 25 km trail in the area, which has many caves, but unfortunately did not return after it ended at 2 pm (on March 23) .
When all efforts to find him by the organiser and his fellow runners proved futile, a missing person report was lodged at 1.09 am the next day.
We wish Mohammad Ashraf Hassan and his loves ones all the strength and courage to go through this difficult time.