Autopsy done on 13-year-old murder victim, report pending

Investigators in Hulhumale' Phase II, where a 13-year-old boy was found murdered on June 22, 2021. (Sun Photo/Mohamed Muzain Nazim)

A postmortem examination has been conducted on a 13-year-old boy who was found murdered and dumped in a suitcase in the Maldivian capital last June.

Police said on Saturday that a postmortem has been done on the body of the young boy, but that they have yet to receive the report.

Police said they are unable to say when they will receive the postmortem report.

The 13-year-old boy was reported missing by his family on June 20. The police were investigating the case as a possible kidnapping, when the Hulhumale' police received a report on the evening of June 21 of a child being tortured in the restricted area of Hulhumale' Phase II, prompting the police to search the area.

His body was found dumped in a suitcase in the lagoon northeast of Hulhumale’ Phase II at 02:38 am on June 22.

His body was sent to Trivandrum, India, for a postmortem two weeks later, on July 5.

Police have made two arrests in connection to the case; a 17-year-old Maldivian male and a 27-year-old Maldivian male.

When presented before the court for their remand hearing on June 22, the court ordered for the 27-year-old to be remanded in jail pending the outcome of trial, and the 17-year-old to be remanded in jail for 15 days.