Death of teen who went missing for 100 days not suspicious, Chinese police say

Hong Kong

There aren’t any suspicious circumstances within the dying of a Chinese language teenager whose physique was discovered close to his faculty final week greater than 100 days after he went lacking, authorities mentioned Thursday, ending a high-profile case that had gripped the nation.

Hu Xinyu, 15, vanished from a non-public highschool in China’s southeastern Jiangxi province in October. His disappearance grew to become probably the most mentioned matters on the Chinese language web, prompting questions on what occurred to him.

At a information convention Thursday, Hu Mansong, deputy police chief of Jiangxi province, offered detailed info on the police investigation into Hu’s dying — an unusually thorough account by the requirements of Chinese language authorities. He additionally acknowledged shortcomings in official search operations and accepted public criticism.

Authorities had been criticized for not discovering discover Hu regardless of in depth police searches. The operations lined almost 40 hectares (0.4 sq. kilometers) of woodland across the faculty campus, deploying sniffer canine, drones and thermal imaging tools and mobilizing hundreds of individuals, earlier than his physique was discovered by a member of the general public.

In current months, baseless rumors surrounding the boy’s disappearance had run rampant, underscoring deep public mistrust in Chinese language authorities – partly the results of an absence of presidency transparency and years of worsening censorship.

Police have arrested one particular person for spreading a video containing false info and handed out administrative punishment to a few others for spreading rumors, the deputy police chief mentioned Thursday.