New Delhi, June 4: The skeleton of a four-year-old boy who went missing about 18 months ago has been found inside a wooden box in his neighbourhood, said media reports. The remains were found by some children on the terrace of a house near that of the deceased’s residence, said a report by PTI. Mohammad Zaid had gone missing on December 1, 2016. Some reports say Zaid’s brother was among the children who found the wooden crate with the skeleton inside it. (Also read: Girl Dies After Being Attacked by Stray Dogs)

The children had been playing cricket on a street in the Garima Garden area. When they lost their ball, they ran up to the terrace to look for it. There, they saw a wooden crate and a skeleton in it, said a police officer. They then told the adults about their discovery. Zaid’s father reached the spot and reportedly identified the remains from the child’s clothes. Zaid was in his school uniform before he went missing, said police. The bones were sent for an autopsy and a DNA test.

The report said that Zaid’s father had received a call demanding Rs 8 lakh as ransom in exchange for the boy.  Back then, police even arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in the call, but the boy could still not be traced.

Meanwhile in Kerala, a special investigation team has been formed to trace a 20-year old woman who went missing under mysterious circumstances from her home in Pathanamthitta district in March. DGP Loknath Behera designated Range IG, Manoj Abraham to lead the 15-member SIT, a statement said. The state police also announced a reward of Rs five lakh for those providing information about the missing woman, Jasna Mariya James, a second-year graduation student, said PTI. There were rumours that Jasna was spotted in Bengaluru recently but she couldn’t be traced.