The case of 19-year-old art student Felicia Teo, who went missing in 2007, continues today with the prime suspect accused of murdering her ordered another week of remand while investigators work to gather more evidence.
Ahmad Danial Mohamed Rafa’ee, 35, appeared in court today after he was last week charged with murder. Police have so far linked Ahmad to only one of Teo’s personal belongings but have yet to reveal what that is.
Ahmad, said to have also gone to the Lasalle arts college where Teo went, also hired top criminal defense lawyer Shashi Nathan to represent him, along with his team Laura Yeo and Tania Chin from the Withers Khattarwong law firm. The case is expected to resume in court on Dec. 31.
Another suspect, Ragil Putra Setia Sukmarahjana, 32, who is accused of being an accomplice, is currently at large and not in Singapore, according to police.
Teo was last spotted on June 29 in 2007 via surveillance footage of her entering the lift of a Marine Terrace housing block with Ahmad and Ragil, who were believed to be her friends. Her mother filed a missing person report four days later and joined the island-wide search for Teo that involved more than 200 people including family members and friends.
Police looking into Teo’s disappearance at the time did not identify evidence linking Ahmad and Ragil to any foul play. Both Ahmad and Ragil had claimed that Teo left the apartment on her own accord at around 2am.
Thirteen years later, the case was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department in July. Police then said that they found new leads linking Ahmad to one of Teo’s belongings.
Teo had her laptop and mobile phone with her when she disappeared. Police have yet to find Teo’s remains.
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Correction: This story was updated to reflect that Ahmad and Teo did not go to Lasalle at the same time; and that the Marine Terrace apartment did not belong to the accused and the suspected accomplice.