dpa/GNA – An Indonesian policeman who was thought to have died in the Indian Ocean tsunami more than 16 years ago has been found at a psychiatric hospital in Aceh province, reports said on Monday.
A fellow officer visited the mental health hospital in the provincial capital Banda Aceh last week after he was shown a photo of a patient who looked like the missing policeman, named Asep.
The police later informed Asep’s family, who visited him over the weekend and confirmed his identity by a scar on his left temple, Tribunnews.com reported.
“From his facial features after seeing him for themselves, they confirmed that it was Asep,” Nazori, a local police officer who was Asep’s colleague, told Tribunnews.com.
Asep went missing after the tsunami engulfed a police post he was guarding on December 26, 2014.
It was not clear how he ended up in the psychiatric hospital.
His family in Lampung province had assumed that he was killed and organized a funeral prayer session, the report said.
The Indian Ocean tsunami killed nearly 200,000 people, including more than 130,000 in Aceh.