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Missing Zarqa boy found dead in cesspool

By Rana Husseini - Feb 18,2013 - Last updated at Feb 18,2013

AMMAN — Police on Monday said a 10-year-old boy, who went missing in Zarqa last week, was found dead in a cesspool late Sunday night and there were no indications of foul play.

“The child (Abdullah Momani) was found dead in a cesspool in the Hashemiyeh District by a team of police officers who had been searching for him since February 13,” Public Security Department Spokesperson Lt. Col. Mohammad Khatib said.

Coroners at the scene sent the body to the National Institute of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy, according to Khatib.

A postmortem conducted by a team of pathologists on Monday indicated that the boy was suffocated by the contents of the cesspit, with “traces found blocking his lungs”, a second source said.

The pathologists also said that the child was not sexually or physically assaulted, the source added.

Khatib said an investigation is ongoing in the case, although “police are now considering the boy’s death as accidental”.

Riots erupted in the Hashemiyeh District, 10km east of Zarqa, and residents blocked roads with burning tyres after the child went missing.

Momani’s family insisted that their son, who was last seen five days ago in the company of a friend on the way to a local store, had been kidnapped.

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