JOHOR BARU, March 12 — The burnt body of a toddler found at an estate here last week has been confirmed as that of missing five-year-old Nurul Nadirah Abdullah, The Star reported on its website today.
“We managed to get DNA samples from bone fragments found at the scene. The Chemistry Department found the samples matched her mother’s DNA,” Seri Alam OCPD Supt Roslan Zainuddin was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
Nurul Nadirah had been reported missing by her mother, Roselyn Alan, 25, on March 1, when she disappeared following a trip to a grocery store near her home.
State police had formed a task force, headed by Johor CID chief Datuk Amer Awal, to investigate Nurul Nadirah’s disappearance.
Four people, including the child’s father, have since been questioned over the case, which police have now classified as murder.
Nurul Nadirah’s case was reminiscent of a high-profile child abduction in 2007, in which eight-year-old Nurin Jazlin was discovered dead after she went missing following a trip to a night market near her home in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur.
Her case prompted the Cabinet to approve a nationwide missing child alert, modelled after the AMBER Alert in the United State, called the NUR (National Urgent Response) Alert.