The body of a young boy was found in a river in Nagoya on Tuesday afternoon. Japanese media reported that it is likely the body of a 4-year-old autistic boy who went missing on Sunday.
Ren Hioki was last seen by his mother playing in the garden behind their home in Nakagawa Ward at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Fuji TV reported.
Surveillance camera footage taken from a convenience store showed a boy resembling Ren walking by at around 7:45 p.m.
About 100 police, firefighters and volunteers searched for Ren on Tuesday. The body was found at around 3:30 p.m. near a bridge that crosses the Shinkawa River about 3.5 kilometers from Ren's home.
Police are yet to confirm that the body is that of the missing boy. After he went missing, his family released a statement saying he was autistic and that he may have difficulty speaking with anyone should they find him.
Last year in a similar incident, Ren went missing only to turn up the next morning on a roadside near his home.© Japan Today