Wednesday January 30, 2013
Text messages warning of serial killer who preys on kids circulating
By FARIK ZOLKEPLI and AUSTIN CAMOENS
PETALING JAYA: Police are not ruling out the possibility that six-year-old William Yau Zhen Zhong may have been a victim of a child predator.
Text messages warning people that a serial killer (who preyed on children) has been circulating since William's disappearance.
Yesterday, Subang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Yahaya Ramli said the police would not discount such a possibility but a further probe was needed to ascertain such claims.
“We have received no reports of such text messages. We hope those who received the text messages will come forward and inform the police,” he said at a press conference after the launch of the Campus Policing campaign at Sunway University.
On the case, ACP Yahaya said William's family members would be called for further questioning in about two days to facilitate investigations into the boy's death.
“William's parents, older brother, as well as his extended family, including his uncle, will have their statements recorded further amidst allegations that the boy's father had abused him.
“The police can proceed with the investigations faster after the 100% identification of the body as well as the completed funeral arrangements.
“We have not discovered any sign of abuse on William and no police reports have been lodged in Malacca or Shah Alam,” he said, adding that there were no suspects in the case yet.
ACP Yahaya said that police would investigate William's death from all angles but he reminded members of the public and the media not to speculate or assign blame.
“We will record statements from everyone, including members of the media if need be,” he said.
Federal CID chief Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin said there were many theories being speculated in the media as well as on the Internet but it could not be substantiated without proper witness accounts or evidence.
“If there are viable findings then police will reveal it.
“There is no need to speculate on the case ... give us space to investigate in order to find justice for William,” he said.
Meanwhile, Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah urged the public to give the police the space needed to conduct their investigations properly.
“We are probing where and how the boy died.
“We are considering all possibilities but it's too soon to make assumptions or conclusions,” he said.
He added that members of the public with any information on the case should contact the police as soon as possible.
On Monday, William's father declined to comment on the allegations made by his relatives that the couple had abused their six-year-old boy. Yau Kok Kang told Sin Chew Daily that by clarifying the allegations, it would not bring back his son.
The William Yau Zhen Zhong tragedy (Update)
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