The body of a woman thought to be from the Philippines was found by a plantation worker in the Pagalan river in Melalap, Sabah in Malaysia.

According to the police, a plantation worker found the body at about 7am on November 28. The body was floating in the river with one leg entangled with a water pump structure belonging to a plantation company, The Star reported.

The Tenom police were alerted and a team rushed to the scene. Ahmad Razali Shaari, Tenom police chief, said the case has been temporarily classified as “sudden death”, but that it would be reclassified if the post-mortem results indicate foul play.

The police, who have contacted individuals believed to be family members of the deceased, are withholding the woman’s identity. On social media platforms, commentators paid tribute to the Filipina and called for justice for her death.

Shaari advised the public not to speculate on the case and asked for space to allow the police to carry out their investigation.