A villager stumbled on a highly-decomposed body of a girl in Sungai Perias, about 500 metres from the Pos Tohoi last night.
Gua Musang police chief Supt Saiful Bahri Abdullah said in the 7pm incident, the victim’s foot was trapped in a tree branch in the river.
He said a team of villagers spent about 30 minutes to extricate the body which was sent to the Gua Musang Hospital.
The police could not confirm if the body was that of one of seven SK Tohoi pupils reported missing from their hostel since Aug 23.
“Tomorrow, we will use boats to launch a massive operation along Sungai Perias near Pos Tohoi, right up to Sungai Nenggiri near Pos Pulat to look for the missing pupils.
“We still have many rescuers, including the Senoi Praaq (General Operations Force) camped at Pos Tohoi,” he said at the hospital in Gua Musang.
Seven orang asli pupils of SK Pos Tohoi, comprising six girls and a boy aged between seven and 11 were reported missing on Aug 23.
They were believed to have run away from the hostel for fear of disciplinary action by their teacher for bathing in a river.
They are Juvina David, seven; Linda Rosli, eight; Sasa Sobrie, eight; Ika Ayel, nine; Haikal Yaakob, eight; Norieen Yaakob, 10, and Miksudiar Aluj, 11; all of whom are from Kampung Gawin and Penad.