The investigation into the murder of a local businessman in Dhangethi earlier this October has revealed no more suspects other than the Bangladeshi citizen who was apprehended, the Maldives Police Service said.
Mahmood Aboobakr, 57, was discovered tied up and dumped in an abandoned well in Dhangethi on October 14, following an island-wide search hours after he was reported missing.
According to the first police statement on the murder investigation, they discovered various things related to the crime, including Mahmood’s phone and national ID card, buried in the backyard of the house where the suspect, Sha Alom Mia (Salim), lived as a caretaker to an elderly Dhangethi resident.
Sha Alom Mia, 29, was arrested two days after Mahmood’s body was discovered, and he was remanded in jail for 15 days on October 17 by Dhangethi Magistrate Court.
The case is still being investigated by a homicide investigation team from the Serious and Organized Crime Department, Alif Dhaal Atoll police, and a forensic team.
Mahmood was last seen leaving his house at 11:00 p.m. on October 13. He was reported missing at 10:00 a.m. the next day, prompting island residents to join together to find him. At around 3:15 p.m., his corpse was discovered tied and put inside a sack in a water well at an abandoned property.
Police searched the house the Bangladeshi citizen lived in, which is around 100 meters from where Mahmood’s body was discovered, and arrested the migrant worker after getting multiple reports of a loud noise emanating from the house on the night the victim went missing.