Saturday February 2, 2013
Hot weather prevents police from retracing William’s trail
By SHAUN HO
SUBANG JAYA: Attempts to revisit the river along which six-year-old William Yau’s body is thought to have floated to Port Klang have been unsuccessful due to the hot weather this past week.
A river operation by the police was cancelled after its levels were too low.
Subang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Yahaya Ramli said his men were unable to launch their boats into the river as the water had receded too far from its banks.
“We wanted to explore the entry points along the river through which William’s body could have entered and floated downstream,” said ACP Yahaya.
“There are two entry points into the river in Kg Bukit Lanchong. We want to see where he could have fallen in or been dumped into the river. Even his parents’ house is quite close to a river – within 1km,” he added.
Kg Bukit Lanchong is the nearest spot to the Klang river from Putra Heights where William disappeared on Jan 16.
It is located some 3km from the electrical store where he was last seen by his family.
ACP Yahaya said there were still many unanswered questions, adding that how William died was still a “mystery”.
Police, he said, had not ruled out any motive behind the boy’s death and would continue to investigate all angles, including further questioning of his relatives.
On Thursday, the police recorded statements from William’s mother Goh Ying Ying, 26, and his seven-year-old brother at the Child Interview Centre in Jalan Sultan Salahuddin while his father Yau Kok Kang, 32, had his taken at the Subang Jaya police headquarters.
On the same day, William’s paternal grandmother Chee Chou Moi, 68, and an aunt in her 30s also had their statements recorded in Malacca.
ACP Yahaya said statements given by William’s father, mother and brother were consistent with their previous statements in that the boy had gotten out of the family car to look for his parents when his younger sibling started to cry.
His parents had left him and his two siblings in the car while they went into an electrical store in Putra Heights.
ACP Yahaya also said he had received initial statements from William’s post-mortem and was expecting a written report next week.
“We will try to forward the investigation papers to the Deputy Public Prosecutor for further instruction,” he said, adding that police might propose an inquest if their investigations hit a dead end.