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Published: Monday March 12, 2012 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday May 25, 2013 MYT 11:08:56 AM

Charred remains of missing Nurul Nadirah, 5, found

JOHOR BARU: Charred remains of 5-year-old Nurul Nadirah Abdullah, missing since March 1, was found at a plantation in Nusa Damai, Johor.

The remains were found on Thursday and subsequent DNA testing with a sample from her mother, Roselyn Alan, 25, confirmed her identity, said Seri Alam OCPD Superintendent Roslan Zainuddin

"We managed to get DNA samples from bone fragments found at the scene. The Chemistry Department found the samples matched her mother's DNA," he told reporters here.

Roselyn reported her missing when Nurul, fondly called Dirang, failed to return after going to a grocery shop on the ground floor of the next block of flats to buy eggs and instant noddles.

A special task force headed by Johor CID chief Datuk Amer Awal and assisted by Federal police officers was set up to solve the case, which received wide news coverage with various quarters icluding from the private sector stepping in to circulate posters of the child in the hope of finding her.

Police also have called up four people including Dirang's father to assist investigations into the case.

Roslan said in the wake of the latest development, police have re-classified the case from missing person to murder.

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