Matahari founder found dead in Ciliwung River
The Jakarta Post
Hari Darmawan, the founder of retail firm PT Matahari Department Store, was found dead in the Ciliwung River in Bogor, West Java, on Saturday morning after being declared missing the night before, media reports said.
The 78-year-old businessman was last known to be at his villa in the Matahari Recreational Park (TWM), which he owned, in Puncak when he was reported missing at around 9: 30 p.m.
According to Bogor Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Andi M Dicky, Hari’s body was found the next morning by TWM employees, who had gone searching for him on Saturday morning.
“Five employees formed a search party and navigated the river with a raft. They found Hari’s body approximately 100 meters from his last known position at 6:30 a.m.,” said Andi as quoted by tribunnews.com, adding that the body was found among the rocks between Leuwimalang and Jogjogan village.
TWM public relations Teja Purwadi confirmed Hari’s death, however said the cause had not been determined.
His body has been taken to Ciawi General Hospital for an autopsy.
Matahari is one of the oldest and largest department stores in the country. The story of Matahari began when Hari bought a small retail shop in the late 1960s. The store, named Matahari, quickly turned into an iconic department store with branches in major cities across the country and was widely popular in the 1990s.
Matahari is now owned by the Lippo Group. (jlm/ahw)
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