Police in Toyonaka, Osaka, said Sunday that the body of a six-year-old boy who has been missing since Feb 28 was found in a pond.
The body of Teita Hikita was found at around 11:20 a.m., NTV reported. A passerby called 110 to report a body floating in the pond.
Police said that the boy had been dead for several days and that there were no external injuries on his body. He was identified by his mother.
Hikita was last seen at around 4:30 p.m. on Feb 28 at a special needs institution. Staff members found the boy's jacket and shoes in a room, and believe that he left in his bare feet. The boy, who lived with his mother and grandmother, did not return home.
The pond is about 60 meters from the institution.© Japan Today