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OMI positively identifies remains of missing GA boy

Joshua Panas
August 16, 2018 05:07 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Office of the Medical Investigator has positively identified the remains found at the northern New Mexico compound as those of Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj.

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"The condition of the body made identification difficult, and investigators had to use several means to finally make a positive identification," said Taos County Public Information Officer Steve Fuhlendorf. "There is no update at this time on cause or manner of death."

The boy's father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, is accused of abducting the boy from Georgia in December.

Authorities say Wahhaj and fourth other adults brought the boy and 11 other children to live on the compound near Amalia, New Mexico.

The compound was raided nearly two weeks ago after a joint investigation involving authorities from Clayton County, Georgia, the State of Georgia, and the FBI.

Wahhaj is being held on a warrant out of Georgia. Prosecutors could announce new charges now that the boy's remains have been positively identified. The five adults are currently facing child abuse charges related to the children who were found living in squalid conditions.

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