Thankfully, a total of 1,424 children have been found alive.
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85 children are yet to be located out of the total 1,509 missing children cases which were recorded between 2020 to February this year, according to Bukit Aman’s criminal investigation department (CID).
Out of that total, 1,113 of these cases involved girls, said CID director Abd Jalil Hassan.
He added that a total of 1,424 children have been found to be alive.
“There are cases where we are forced to open investigation papers, while some were classified as sudden death.
“That’s because some victims were involved in accidents, like drowning after falling into a monsoon drain or river while playing,” he said.
He also added that some of these missing children are involved in murder cases.
One such murder case was reported in Kuching, Sarawak, just last month but the four-year-old children were not part of the missing children.
“At first, the victim was reported as missing. But after we had questioned one of the suspects who were detained, he confessed to beating up the child until the child died, and throwing the lifeless body into the sea,” he said.
Jalil said that the missing children are aged between one to 17.
He added that some of these children are runaway child, with some even threatening their parents against searching for them.
Jalil also noted that the enforcement of movement control orders during the pandemic had led to a drop in cases of missing children.