Another Audrey Melissa

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:

Student, 17, raped, strangled and buried.

Full article after the cut as NST has a bad habit of archiving after one week.

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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.

8 Responses

  1. The Eternal Wanderer April 10, 2008 / 3:29 PM

    The modus operandi of this criminal seems similar to the Audrey Melissa case. It could have been perpetrated by the same monster. The police had better investigate it as closely as possible!

    I’m so sick of all these missing, brutalised and murdered kids and teens!

    Geminianeyes: I agree. Rest in Peace, Nurul Aina. Al-fatihah.

  2. Yvonne Foong April 10, 2008 / 8:58 PM

    that’s why i am studying psychology. believe solving social ills is a national responsibility.

  3. Anya May 13, 2009 / 8:36 PM

    This is painful to even read!

    It’s heart-wrenching to know that while people are empathetic when they first hear of the news of a child being murdered/raped/whatever other crimes against (mainly women and young girls) people, they forget about it sooner than they should. I really think that we, as a nation, should all take on a more active role in prevention. We should get educated, we should get together, and we should seriously stop being so apathetic about what’s going on after the hype dies down! Whatever happened to being civilized?

    P/S I’m taking psychology too!

  4. Darsh February 17, 2010 / 6:21 PM

    Audrey Melissa was my cousin. I just decided to do some research about her, since her death happened when I was 7 years old and no one told me much about it.

    But I will always remember her. Remember that night her mother called my mother in hysterics, panicking that Audrey has no returned from school. My mother and I went over to their place and helped her mum search the area, asking everyone questions. No one had seen Audrey. My mother told her that maybe Audrey was staying over at a friend’s place and that she will call soon.

    The next day we got a phone call…

    Audrey Melissa was one of those girls that was really responsible and well-liked by everyone. I do miss her.

    But it pains me deeply that this is still going on all over the country. Young people like myself going missing, raped and brutally murdered. And then, stories goes forgotten.

    I do agree that we should get together and really do something about this. Make this an important issue, start an awareness program, wake people up. Every step we take, someone’s life out there may be saved.

    PS : Am planning to take psychology too (:

    • Naoko Kensaku February 18, 2010 / 4:16 PM

      Thanks for dropping by, Darsh! I’m sorry to hear about your loss.

  5. Samuel Arthur April 16, 2010 / 3:02 PM

    Rip Audrey Melissa Bathinathan…

    i was told by my cousin sis about her…
    she was a close friend of *my cousin…

  6. Reevan May 19, 2010 / 6:03 PM

    She was my cousin and I loved her so much.

  7. Darsh May 19, 2010 / 6:41 PM

    Hey reev, she’ll always live in our memories :)

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