Parents of missing boy, 6, identify son's body

MALAYSIA - Since six-year-old William Yau Zhen Zhong disappeared about two weeks ago, the whole of Malaysia has been looking for him.

He went missing while he was out shopping with his family.

Even the government got into the act with Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin urging Malaysians to look for the boy.

On Thursday evening, a severely decomposed body of a boy was fished out near Sungai Sireh jetty in Port Klang.

Last Friday, William's parents confirmed that the body was their son's.

Subang Jaya police chief Assistant Commissioner Yahaya Ramli said the parents identified the body based on a scar on the right side of his forehead, two scars on the back of his head as well as the underwear and shorts on the body, the New Straits Times reported.

He said the case has been classified as sudden death as the initial post mortem report revealed the cause of death was uncertain.

Police escort

Earlier, his parents arrived at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah's Forensics Department at around 11am and were escorted through the back door by policemen.

William's father, Mr Yau Kok Kang, was holding his wife, who was clutching a small yellow T-shirt and crying inconsolably.

The boy went missing last Wednesday after his parents left him and his two siblings, aged seven and one, locked in a parked car with the windows down while they went into a store a few metres away in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Putra Heights.

When the couple returned 15 minutes later, only two children were in the car.

Closed circuit television recordings showed that William did not enter the shop, where his parents were looking at washing machines.

William's mother, Madam Goh Ying Ying, 26, said she had never left the children on their own in the car before.

"It was just this one time, because we knew we would be quick," she said then.

Mr Yau, 32, said: "I wish I can turn the clock back... I take all the blame."


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