House linked to mysterious deaths put up for auction at $1.7 mil to $1.9 mil

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February 5, 2018 8:00 AM SGT
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On Feb 27, Knight Frank will be putting up for auction a terraced house at 17 Jalan Batai, just off Upper Thomson Road. The vendor is the Public Trustee’s Office (PTO), the administrator for the estates of deceased persons. The owners of the house are believed to be two elderly sisters, Pearl and Ruby Tan.
In 2015, the High Court issued an order that they be presumed dead after skeletal remains were found in the house in September that year. An unsuspecting contractor engaged by the Building and Construction Authority to clear debris from the house discovered a human skull and femur in the guest room. After the discovery, the police reportedly uncovered other skeletal remains in the same guest room, with some buried in soil. It is believed that they are the remains of one of the sisters.
Two skeletal remains were found in the empty house almost 10 years apart. They are believed to be the remains of the owners, Pearl and Ruby Tan. (Picture: Samuel Issac Chua/The Edge Singapore)
Those were not the only set of skeletal remains to be found in the house. Almost a decade earlier, when National Environmental Agency (NEA) officers checked the house for mosquito breeding, they reportedly chanced upon a human skeleton lying on top of a toilet.
As the Tan sisters neither left a will nor had legal beneficiaries, the house has been in state possession since 2015, under the Intestate Succession Act. About 1½ years ago, PTO took an unprecedented step by asking interested parties to submit a claim on the sisters’ estate.
A cousin, two nephews and a niece on the paternal side had stepped forward and expressed their interest in claiming the estate but were unsuccessful. Consequently, the PTO engaged Knight Frank to list the property for auction.
17 Jalan Batai is a single storey terraced house which will be put up for auction on Feb 27. There will be no private treaty sales before or after the auction, and it will not be put up for auction subsequently.