Petaling Jaya (The Star/ANN) - The Indonesian maid who died while under the care of her employers in Malaysia may have been starved to death.
It is learnt that medical examiners at University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) discovered that the 26-year-old maid, identified as Isti Komariyah, was emaciated at the time of her death.
"She was very thin and it is likely that she was not fed for several months," sources revealed.
However, the exact cause of her death is still pending further examination.
Meanwhile, the prime suspect in the case was brought to UMMC for a medical check-up.
Isti's former employer has a history of diabetes and high blood pressure.
Isti was declared dead upon arrival at UMMC at 7.50am on Sunday. An initial examination on her body revealed she had both recent bruises and old scars on her back, forehead and limbs.
She had been brought to the hospital by one of her employers.
The couple in their 50's, who alerted the police about the death, were subsequently arrested.
They have been remanded until June 11 and are being investigated for murder.
Isti had entered the country legally and had been working as a maid since December 2008.