Mystery still surrounds the case of a 9-year-old boy found
bloodied and distressed on a rural Canterbury bridge last
week because he has yet to utter a word about his ordeal.
The boy was believed to have been the victim of a violent
attack but police are no closer to establishing what happened
to him last Thursday afternoon.
Family members had visited him at Timaru Hospital, where he
was in a comfortable condition, but he hadn't spoken to them
either, police said.
Constable Samuel Winchester said it was not known why the boy
couldn't - or wouldn't - speak.
"We can assume it's from trauma, but whether it's physical or
emotional we just don't know," he said today.
The boy was found on Thursday afternoon on Holme Station
Bridge, about 15 km west of Timaru.
Police would not disclose the exact nature of his injuries
but it is understood there was a significant amount of blood
on his Oceanview Heights school uniform.
Police appealed to the public for information.
"Even if you don't believe you saw anything we are still
wanting to know who and what vehicles were in the area during
that time," police said.
The boy was described as having a dark complexion, of slim
build, about 30kg with dark hair. While he was 9, he was
considered small for his age and his height was more like
that of a 6- or 7-year-old.
Anyone with information was urged to contact Timaru police.