Man charged with murdering 19-year-old Felicia Teo who disappeared in 2007
Ahmad Danial Mohamed Rafa’ee and Ragil Putra Setia Sukmarahjana are the two suspects identified in the alleged murder of 19-year-old Felicia Teo Wei Ling who went missing 13 years ago.
A 35-year-old man was charged on Thursday (Dec 17) afternoon with murdering Felicia Teo Wei Ling, a 19-year-old who went missing 13 years ago, after new leads surfaced this year.
Ahmad Danial Mohamed Rafa’ee was arrested on Tuesday in relation to Teo’s disappearance.
The police are searching for a 32-year-old man, Ragil Putra Setia Sukmarahjana, who was also believed to have last seen Teo at a Housing and Development Board flat in Marine Terrace.
Ragil, said to be Teo’s friend, is believed to be overseas.
Based on the charge sheet, Ahmad and Ragil are accused of murdering Teo in the flat at Block 19 Marine Terrace between 1.39am and 7.20am on June 30, 2007.
Ahmad will be held at the Tanglin and Central police divisions, and will return to court on Dec 24.
No further details were given on how the alleged murder happened.
Teo had been reported missing since June 29, 2007. Police investigations ascertained that she was last seen at the flat. TODAY reported in July 2007 that she had gone to the flat after a party at the Lasalle College of the Arts, where she was studying for a diploma in fine art.
The two men were the last to see her at the flat and they claimed that she had left “in a huff” when they complained about the “jarring ringtone” of her mobile phone.
The police said that when they interviewed the two men at the time, the pair maintained that Teo left the 10th-floor unit in the wee hours of June 30, 2007 of her own accord.
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage retrieved from the town council showed her going up the lift with the two men to the flat, but the camera did not capture her departure.
The police said in a statement on Thursday that they searched the flat and reviewed CCTV footage near it, but nothing incriminating was found.
Her disappearance was classified as a missing-person case because they did not find any facts that linked the two men to it.
Since then, the case has been regularly reviewed during which interviews were done with her family and other witnesses, along with checks on activities that could shed light on her possible movements. The police initiated the most recent review in July.
No new leads surfaced until the case was referred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) later for a fresh review, given that it had been unsolved for an extended period.
This is part of a process where selected cases unresolved for a protracted period are referred to CID.
CID uncovered new leads while tracing the items believed to be in Teo’s possession when she was reported missing.
Its officers managed to link one of the items to Ahmad and arrested him.
Preliminary investigations found that Teo died before her mother made a police report on July 3, 2007, and that the two men had allegedly disposed of Teo's body.
The police are searching for Teo’s remains. Investigations are also continuing.
Murder, punishable under Section 302 of the Penal Code, carries the death penalty in Singapore.
ABOUT THE CASE
Teo’s disappearance in 2007 set off a frenzied search comprising almost 200 people from her circle of family and friends who scoured the island, distributing and posting thousands of flyers.
They were baffled that Teo, who was always in touch with her friends day and night, would suddenly drop out of sight without anyone knowing her whereabouts.
Her family, friends and colleagues at a bar in Clarke Quay — where she worked part-time as a bartender — were unconvinced that the young woman had simply run away.
Based on TODAY’s report in July 2007, she had been looking forward to a possible internship at a leading advertising firm and had bought a S$180 ticket to watch British band The Cure perform in Singapore.
Worried that their daughter might have been abducted and taken to Johor Baru, Malaysia, her parents even spent a day in the Malaysian city showing photos of Teo and asking strangers if they had seen her.
Her mother, Madam Jennifer Tai, was quoted saying about a month after her disappearance: “We give her all the freedom she wants, and even if she decides to spend the night outside, she would always call us.”
Felicia Teo murder case: What’s known about the suspects so far
The two suspects identified in the alleged murder of 19-year-old Felicia Teo Wei Ling, who went missing 13 years ago, are Ahmad Danial Mohamed Rafa’ee and Ragil Putra Setia Sukmarahjana.
All three had attended the Lasalle College of the Arts, based on the two suspects’ social media accounts. A close friend of Teo’s, who declined to be named, told TODAY on Thursday (Dec 17) that Ragil and Teo, who were about the same age, first got to know each other in Lasalle. Ragil later introduced her to Ahmad, who was a few years older.
A bespectacled Ahmad, 35, was charged via video link on Thursday with murdering Teo, after new leads in police investigations surfaced this year. Clad in a grey T-shirt and sporting unkempt hair, he appeared expressionless when the charge was read to him.
The police are searching for 32-year-old Ragil. They are also looking for Teo's remains.
Based on the charge sheet, the pair are accused of murdering Teo in a Housing and Development Board flat at Block 19 Marine Terrace between 1.39am and 7.20am on June 30, 2007.
TODAY reported in 2007 that Teo had gone to the flat after a party at Lasalle, where she was studying for a diploma in fine art.
Ahmad, who goes by the name Danial Enemiko on his social media accounts, studied for a diploma in communication design and advertising at Lasalle from 2000 to 2004, based on his LinkedIn page.
The two men’s LinkedIn and Facebook pages, seen by TODAY on Thursday morning, went offline later in the day.
Ahmad was listed on his LinkedIn page as a creative manager at gaming firm Razer. When contacted by TODAY on Thursday, a Razer spokesperson confirmed his employment and said that the company will provide assistance to the authorities if needed.
Ahmad, who was arrested on Tuesday, will be held at the Tanglin and Central police divisions and will return to court on Dec 24.
Ragil’s LinkedIn page stated that he graduated from Lasalle in 2011 with an honours degree in video art. He studied there from 2006 to 2011.
He has held various filmmaking jobs based in Jakarta, Indonesia and was last listed as a director’s assistant on his LinkedIn page.
Teo’s family has requested privacy following Ahmad’s arrest.In an interview with TODAY in July 2007, almost a month after Teo went missing, her mother Jennifer Tai said that they tried looking for her in various parts of Singapore as well as in Johor Baru across the Causeway.
The family had retrieved Teo’s phone records from Singtel, which showed the last text message sent from her mobile phone was at 2.37am to an unidentified male friend on the day she disappeared.
Ms Vicki Yong, an ex-classmate of Teo’s at the now-defunct Monk's Hill Secondary School, said that she received the news about her close friend’s alleged murder with a heavy heart.
“I guess we were all hoping that maybe if we never hear from her again, at least she might be happy somewhere else, although we were extremely sure it was not a runaway case,” the 32-year-old educator said. “But there was still that hope, you know?”
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