Facts Surrounding the Discovery of Ridwan Kamil's Missing Son

10 June 2022 08:38 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Bern authorities on Wednesday morning local time recovered the body of Emmeril Kahn Mumtadz or Eril, the eldest son of West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil who went missing on May 26 at the River Aare. The governor had departed for Switzerland on Thursday after the Indonesian Embassy in Bern confirmed the finding to local authorities. 

“The Bern police met with us at the embassy headquarters with family members and informed us about the initial news of the finding, which was strongly believed to be Eril,” said Mulaiman D. Hadad, Indonesian Ambassador to Swiss in a press conference held virtually on June 9.

The following are the facts surrounding this finding:

6 kilometers from the initial location he was declared missing 

Eril was dragged by a strong current during a swim at the Schonausteg area on May 26. He was initially joined by his sister and a friend, who both survived the currents. Eril’s body was found 14 days later at the Engehalde dam area located 6 kilometers north of the area he went missing. 

He was in Swiss with his mother, Atalia Praratya, and other family members. They were reportedly in Swiss to survey possible schools for Eril’s Master’s studies as he is in his final semester at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).

Confirmed through DNA Test 

The Bern police department confirmed the finding at the dam through a DNA test that was conducted immediately on the day the body of Eril was discovered. 

DNA test result was produced on Thursday at noon local time and confirmed that it was indeed Emmeril Kahn Mumtadz, as stated in the press release. 

Handed over to family members 

The governor’s younger brother, Elpi Nazmuzzaman, on Thursday in the press conference in Bern said his nephew’s body had been handed to family representatives in Bern and has conducted a proper Muslim pre-burial custom for Eril. 

Funeral scheduled for Monday, June 13, in Indonesia

Ridwan Kamil immediately headed to Swiss on Thursday morning after receiving news of his son’s discovery and announced on his social media account regarding the repatriation and funeral plans for Eril.

He said Eril’s body was expected to arrive in Indonesia on Sunday, June 12, and would be buried on Monday, June 13. 

As the tragedy took place in the Aare river, Ridwan Kamil was on a working visit in England and immediately traveled to Swiss after the news broke about his son’s whereabouts. Bern authorities were unable to mobilize divers due to cold weather and strong river currents throughout 14 days of the search.

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