The body of missing ecologist Wang Wulang was found yesterday in long grass about 320 meters from the lighthouse on Pengjia Islet. He had been reported missing the previous weekend after failing to return from the island by ferry to Keelung.
The prominent ecology lecturer had a passion for coastal environments, and had once spent 67 days walking Taiwan’s 1,500 kilometer coastline. He lectured for the Wilderness Protection Society and National Museum of Marine Science and Technology.
2-meter tall grass had prevented searchers from locating him earlier in the the week. During yesterday’s search, the search party was alerted by a strong smell, which they followed into the long grass where the body was found.
A forensic examination found injuries to his neck and say he died of dehydration. Examiners said his injuries were consistent with slipping and falling on a slope. Mr Wang’s brother expressed surprise at the finding, noting Wang had remaining food and water when he died.