Banda Aceh, Aceh (ANTARA) - A male elephant was found dead in a river in the Rabung Lima forest area, Peunaron Lama Village, Peunaron Sub-district, East Aceh District, according to the Serbajadi Police office of East Aceh's Resort Police (Polres).

Local villagers stated that the carcass of the elephant was found on Friday (Apr 29) at around 21:30 local time, Serbajadi Police Chief Hendra Sukmana stated on behalf of the East Aceh Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Mahmun Hari Sandy Sinurat here on Saturday.

"Based on this information, several police officers, Peunaron military office personnel, and Leuser Communication Forum officers moved to the location of the elephant carcass," Sukmana remarked.

The dead elephant was found quite far in an area, with a difficult terrain, accessible only on foot or by riding a motorbike.

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It took approximately two hours to approach the location by motorbike. In order to reach the site where the elephant was dead, the officers had to continue on foot.

"Arriving at the location, we found the carcass of a dead male elephant in the river, with his left leg bearing marks from being hit by a rope," he remarked.

The police have secured the location of the dead elephant and await further actions from other relevant agencies.

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