The body of a missing Institute of Vocational Education teenager was found floating in the High Island Reservoir yesterday - a week after he ran away from home.
Tsoi Kin-hau, 19, had left a note next to his computer last Friday, urging his mother not to search for him before he disappeared. His mother reported him missing on Saturday.
Police are treating the case as a body found though suicide is suspected, with officers saying they believe Tsoi had already taken his own life even before a massive search was launched in the vicinity of the reservoir on Tuesday.
Tsoi's body was found at 9.40am yesterday when two Water Supplies Department officials discovered it floating in the reservoir and called in the police.
Firefighters later pulled the body from the water.
Sai Kung divisional commander Lau Fu-wah said: "There are no injuries on the body and no suspicious circumstances surrounding the case."
More than 50 police officers and Civil Aid Service members had mounted an extensive search in the High Island Reservoir and in the nearby country park areas of Sai Kung.
Government Flying Services helicopters were also deployed in the search, which extended to Wednesday.
"We do not rule out the possibility that he [Tsoi] had already committed suicide before the search was mounting on Tuesday]," said Lau, adding it is possible that the body had only just surfaced.
On the body was found a wallet, a mobile phone and HK$50 in cash.
In the note to his mother, Tsoi said that he was going to a "very far place" and that his body should be "cremated" if it was found and the ashes scattered in ther sea.
In the letter, Tsoi asked his mother to forgive him and "not to be too sad."
The mother, who broke down near where Tsoi's body was found, earlier said he could be under immense pressure in school.
The son told her during the Lunar New Year that he wanted to switch to accounting.
But the mother told him to first finish his course in finance and, after graduation, could study accounting.