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Jakarta Post

Matahari founder's death likely an accident: Park manager

  • Theresia Sufa

    The Jakarta Post

Bogor   /   Sun, March 11, 2018   /   03:05 pm
Matahari founder's death likely an accident: Park manager Cisarua Police and search and rescue officers remove the body of businessman Hari Darmawan from the Ciliwung River in Bogor, West Java. Hari, the founder of retailer PT Matahari Department Store, was found dead on Saturday morning after being declared missing on Friday night. (Courtesy of/Bogor Police)

The death of Hari Darmawan, the founder of retail giant PT Matahari Department Store, was likely caused by an accident, according to Matahari Recreational Park (TWM) manager Ilham Fadjriansyah.

The 78-year-old businessman’s body was found in the Ciliwung River in Bogor, West Java, on Saturday, some 100 meters from where he was last seen.

He had been declared missing the night before.

Ciliwung River runs through TWM, where Hari’s villa is located. The river’s current was stronger than usual due to heavy rainfall on Friday, Ilham said.

"Hari probably lost his balance as he was trying to take a closer look at the current, and then fell into the river,” he said in a press statement obtained by The Jakarta Post on Saturday

The Cisarua Police and park employees launched a search for Hari that covered both the park and the river. His body was found among some rocks at around 6 a.m. between Leuwimalang and Jogjogan village. 

Bogor Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Andi M Dicky said his team had yet to determine the cause of death.

Hari’s body has been taken to Ciawi General Hospital for an autopsy. 

His funeral will be held in Bali, Ilham said. (srs)