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Zayn Rayyan murder: Autopsy reveals self-defence wounds, strangulation

PETALING JAYA: Autopsy results revealed signs of self-defence wounds on the body of Zayn Rayyan Abdul Matiin, the 6-year-old autistic child who was found dead after being reported missing yesterday.

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Datuk Seri Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain, said the autopsy results also indicated that the cause of death was from injuries to the neck believed to be caused by strangulation.

"In this context (cause of death), I think it's appropriate for me to say that the autopsy found defensive wounds (injuries resulting from self-defence).

"In order to preserve the dignity of the deceased and the family, I think it's sufficient for me to say that," he told reporters when met at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters here, tonight.

He mentioned that the initial investigation found that the victim was believed to have been killed at a different location before being left where he was found yesterday.

According to him, the location where the victim's body was found, near a river, is a secluded area rarely frequented by the public.

Therefore, he believes that the police suspect is familiar with the ins and outs of that area.

"We can deduce (that fact) that following search efforts by Petaling Jaya police for two days in the same location, the victim was not found.

"However, he was found on the second day, late last night.

"Taking it from there, we can deduce that the victim may have died elsewhere and was placed there," he said.

Commenting on the suspect's identity, Shuhaily said they are still identifying the suspect.

He said the case has just been reclassified to Section 302 of the Penal Code (for murder), and more time is needed to conduct the investigation.

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