Malaysian cosmetics millionaire murdered: Police

Missing cosmetics millionaire Sosilawati Lawiya and three of her associates were murdered and their ashes thrown into a river after the bodies were burnt, Malaysian police said on Sunday.

Last Updated: Sep 12, 2010, 18:16 PM IST

Kuala Lumpur: Missing cosmetics millionaire
Sosilawati Lawiya and three of her associates were murdered
and their ashes thrown into a river after the bodies were
burnt, Malaysian police said on Sunday.

Sosilawati, 47, was reported missing on August 30 along
with her driver, lawyer and a bank officer after they had gone
to discuss a land deal in central Selangor state town. She was
the founder of the popular Nouvelle Visages line of cosmetics.
A DNA analysis has to be done to fully determine the
identity, they said.

Police have detained eight suspects in the case.
Last Monday, police found her car in front of a hotel in
one of the capital`s suburbs.

Sosilawati`s disappearance had grabbed front page
headlines in local dailies for the past week.

Sosilawati and the three others were apparently murdered,
burnt and their ashes were strewed in a river near Ladang
Gadong, in Tanjong Sepat near Banting, they said.

CID director Mohd Bakri Zinin told reporters that the
police were awaiting forensic confirmation.

He said that two lawyer brothers were among the eight
arrested in connection with the murder.

The elder of the brothers, who owned the farm where the
bodies were burnt, was handling a land deal in Penang for
Sosilawati.

Sosilawati`s siblings are in Banting to help police with
the DNA confirmation of her death.

Bernama news agency said the police forensic team was
combing the farm area where some of Sosilawati`s personal
belongings were reported to have been found.

PTI