Does the name Sharlinie mean anything to you all? Do you still remember the name of the child who’s been abducted and whom most fear is already dead?
Does the name Nurin Jazlin mean anything? Yes, the little girl who was stuffed into a sports bag and dumped after being killed by sexual brutalisation.
Does the name Audrey Melissa mean anything? In 1999, this 17-year old was walking to school when she was abducted, raped and strangled to death.
What do these cases have in common?
Their murders were never solved. Either this case has really baffled the police, or they simply don’t care. Worst of all, people simply FORGET. Well, here’s a brutal reminder:
Full article after the cut as NST has a bad habit of archiving after one week.
JELI: A 17-year-old girl was found murdered on Saturday, her body buried barely 500m from her home in Kampung Chengal Bedil, Kuala Balah, in Kelantan.
According to police, the victim was raped and strangled.
The family of Nurul Anira Che Rosik had lodged a missing person’s report at 7pm on Friday.
Before that, a search party had looked for her after she failed to return from tuition at her school but the search was called off when darkness set in.
The search continued the next day, this time with the help of a police tracker dog.
At 7pm, the search party found the first clue when a sandal and a soft-cloth hairband was found in a shallow ravine in a rubber smallholding near her home.
The tracker dog later sniffed out a mound of earth near a clump of bamboo. This turned out to be Nurul Anira’s grave.
Her half-naked body, with her hands tied at the front with her tudung, was sent to the district hospital for a post-mortem.
District police chief Deputy Superintendent Mohd Hanifah Abdul Malik said the post-mortem findings were that Nurul Anira had been raped, then strangled.
The victim’s parents, who are divorced, were besides themselves with anguish at the district hospital mortuary yesterday.
Nurul Anira’s father refused to speak to reporters but her teary-eyed mother, Rosnani Rahim, 44, said she could not believe such a thing had happened to her daughter, the fifth of six siblings.
Rosnani said Nurul Anira had left home for school on Friday morning clad in a baju kurung and tudung.
The routine was a kilometre walk to the main road, where she would board a bus to her school, SM Jeli 1.
Classes that day were held until 1pm. Rosnani said the family began to worry when Nurul Anira did not return after that. They waited until evening before lodging a report at the Jeli police headquarters.
“As usual, she left the house after taking a simple breakfast and told me she would meet her friends at the bus stop. She would normally return after zohor prayers.
“When she had not come home by maghrib prayers, I was panicky and asked neighbours to help me search for her. When we failed to find her, I lodged the report.
“At that time, I really believed that she had been kidnapped. Never did it cross my mind that she might have been murdered,” said Rosnani.
Villager Che Noh Mat Hussin said the rubber smallholding where Nurul Anira’s body was found was isolated but sometimes used by villagers as a shortcut to the main road.
“This is the first time something like this has happened in our village. This place usually does not have any crime,” said the rubber tapper who was a member of the search party that found the girl’s body.