Police: Zayn Rayyan, 6-year-old Autistic Boy, May Have Been Murdered

Selangor police chief ACP Datuk Hussein Omar Khan said the case is being investigated under Section 302 for murder after a post-mortem was conducted on 6-year-old Zayn Rayyan

SELANGOR – Zayn Rayyan, the 6-year-old Autistic boy who went missing on Tuesday and was found dead in a river close to his home in Petaling Jaya late last night, 6 December, is believed to have been murdered, according to the police.

Selangor police chief ACP Datuk Hussein Omar Khan has confirmed that the case is now being investigated as a homicide under Section 302 of the Penal Code, reported Harian Metro today, 7 December.

The six-year-old boy, diagnosed with autism, was found dead some 200m from Apartment Idaman in Damansara Damai, after his mother reported him missing earlier on Tuesday, 5 December.

Marks On Zayn Rayyan’s Neck

Hussein confirmed that the post-mortem found marks on the boy’s neck.

More details on the case are expected to follow soon.

Earlier, the parents of Zayn Rayyan Abdul Matiin have reached out to express their thanks to everyone involved in the search for their son.

The Star reported that Zaim Ikhwan Zahari and Ismanira Abdul Manaf, both 28 years old, when met by reporters at the Sungai Buloh Hospital, said that they wished to express their gratitude to the authorities and members of the public that helped in the search for Zayn Rayyan.

“I would like to say thank you to all. We would also like to say that we hope the police investigate the case thoroughly,” Zaim said briefly.

Ismanira, who was still very emotional, said that she could not accept that her son had passed.

“I still can’t accept this. I still feel that he is with me,” she said before crying.

The devastating news of the discovery of six-year-old Zayn Rayyan Abdul Matiin’s body has shocked the country, especially within the autism community. It sparked an outpouring of condolences and prayers across social media platforms from concerned Malaysians.

Malaysian TV personality Daphne Iking conveyed her heartfelt condolences, saying: “So so sad to read this. My condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul find peace.”

Outpouring Of Grief From The Autism Community

Concerned members of autism parent groups were dismayed at the tragic outcome, as they were praying for his return to the loving arms of the family.

“I can’t move, I can’t even cry, I am too numbed. I am sure it will start pouring out soon,” said NMH Editor-In-Chief, Datin Hasnah Abdul Rahman, who has two children under the autism spectrum, one of whom is Ahmad Ziqri Morshidi, now 27, who was once lost during a MRT train ride in 2016.

“When I think back to the time that Ziqri went missing and the other time when he was taken into police custody for another case, I really can’t imagine if the outcome had been different and more tragic, as what poor arwah Zayn may have gone through,” Hasnah added. She prays that the parents will find strength to go through this difficult moment.

“Who would do such an evil thing? Why would anyone do this? The poor boy is an angel, why would anyone hurt him at all,” asked Adli Yahya of Autism Cafe Project (ACP) who has an autism son, Luqman, who is also non-verbal.

“Imagine, we had once lost him for 15 minutes at a family day event in Bukit Kiara and my heart was in my mouth when we were looking for him, because Luqman, like arwah Zayn, is non-verbal too!”

Association of the Inclusive Outdoor Classroom (IOC) founder, Anne Sivanathan, felt the tragic
loss of a boy with autism is heartbreaking.

“We must advocate for understanding, empathy, and justice in such cases. My deepest condolences to the grieving family. May they find strength, support, and solace during this incredibly difficult time.”

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