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The Latest: Son of slain N. Korean not in Malaysia: police

  • Malaysia's Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar speaks during a press conference at the Bukit Aman national police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Malaysia's police chief says a North Korean Embassy official is among eight North Korean suspects in last week's fatal poisoning of the half brother of Pyongyang's leader Kim Jong Un in Kuala Lumpur's airport. (AP Photo/Alexandra Radu)

    Malaysia's Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar speaks during a press conference at the Bukit Aman national police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Malaysia's police chief says a North Korean Embassy official is among eight North Korean suspects in last week's fatal poisoning of the half brother of Pyongyang's leader Kim Jong Un in Kuala Lumpur's airport. (AP Photo/Alexandra Radu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Malaysia's Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar speaks during a press conference at the Bukit Aman national police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Malaysia’s police chief says a North Korean Embassy official is among eight North Korean suspects in last week’s fatal poisoning of the half brother of Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong Un in Kuala Lumpur’s airport. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    Malaysia's Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar speaks during a press conference at the Bukit Aman national police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Malaysia’s police chief says a North Korean Embassy official is among eight North Korean suspects in last week’s fatal poisoning of the half brother of Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong Un in Kuala Lumpur’s airport. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)  (The Associated Press)

  • Malaysia's Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, left, speaks as Selangor Police Chief Abdul Samah Mat listens during a press conference at the Bukit Aman national police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Malaysia's police chief says a North Korean Embassy official is among eight North Korean suspects in last week's fatal poisoning of the half brother of Pyongyang's leader Kim Jong Un in Kuala Lumpur's airport. (AP Photo/Alexandra Radu)

    Malaysia's Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, left, speaks as Selangor Police Chief Abdul Samah Mat listens during a press conference at the Bukit Aman national police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Malaysia's police chief says a North Korean Embassy official is among eight North Korean suspects in last week's fatal poisoning of the half brother of Pyongyang's leader Kim Jong Un in Kuala Lumpur's airport. (AP Photo/Alexandra Radu)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Un's half brother, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

Malaysia is denying rumors that the son of the slain half brother of North Korea's leader is in the country.

The victim, Kim Jong Nam, had three children and had lived in Macau. His son had been rumored to have arrived in Kuala Lumpur this week on a flight from Macau, but Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters Wednesday that was untrue.

Khalid says investigators are seeking Kim's relatives to provide a DNA sample and identify the body, but none has stepped forward. He identified Kim as Kim Chol, the name on the passport the victim was carrying, though Malaysian officials have confirmed that he is the older half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

11:45 a.m.

Malaysia's police chief says a North Korean Embassy official is among eight North Korean suspects in last week's fatal poisoning of the half brother of Pyongyang's leader Kim Jong Un in Kuala Lumpur's airport.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said at a news conference Wednesday he couldn't confirm whether North Korea's government was behind the Feb. 13 death of Kim Jong Nam, but added that "what's clear is that those involved are North Koreans."

He says four North Koreans suspected of involvement are believed to have fled the same day and are now back in North Korea. He says Malaysian officials have asked Pyongyang to find the suspects and return them to Kuala Lumpur.

One North Korean suspect is in custody and Khalid said three are believed to be at large in Malaysia, including the second secretary of the North Korean Embassy.

11:20 a.m.

Malaysia's police chief says the two female suspects in the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother at Kuala Lumpur's airport were trained to wipe toxin on his face, then wash their hands.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said Wednesday that North Koreans placed the toxin on the hands of the two women, one Indonesian and one Vietnamese. He was the North Korean suspect who gave them the toxin is in custody and Malaysian authorities are seeking seven others, including two Khalid announced Wednesday.

He said four of the North Korean suspects fled to their home country but three others were believed to still be in Malaysia, including an embassy worker and an employee of state airline Air Koryo.

Khalid referred to the victim, Kim Jong Nam, as Kim Chol, the name on his passport.