The body of a young woman found hanging from a tree on The Peak is suspected to be that of a teenage student missing for a week, police said.
Janet Ng Chun-yee, 16, a Secondary Five student at St Clare's Girls' School, was last seen having lunch with friends in Causeway Bay on September 1, a day before school started.
Police searching for a missing person on The Peak were alerted by a foul smell at around 3.30pm yesterday. They then found the body of a woman hanging from a tree, 10 meters from the ground, about 100m from the signal tower near The Governor's Walk.
The clothes the dead girl was wearing were similar to those Ng was wearing when she sent a picture to her brother. That was the last time she had contacted anybody.
The body was swollen and decaying. It is believed that the girl had been dead for two to three days.
Police also found a wallet with an identity card, an admission ticket for Noah's Ark and some cash, but no phone was found.
Police said the body was around four feet, 11 inches, with short black hair. She was wearing a white blouse, green trousers and white sports shoes. There was no letter or note at the scene.
Ng had invited several of her classmates to The Peak on September 1 but the invitation was rejected.
In a WhatsApp message between Ng and her classmates, she also revealed her intention to commit suicide.
At around 6pm on that day, Ng sent a photo of herself on The Peak to her brother which showed the signal tower.
Her brother said: "Of course we are sad, particularly my parents, but they have calmed down a little. We have prepared ourselves to identify the body if we are called."
He said his sister had behaved normally before she went missing.
"As our family occasionally goes for walks on The Peak, I did not worry when she sent me the picture at around 6.05pm. But when I asked if our mother was with her, there was no reply."
The brother said Ng seldom talked to people she did not know, but that she was optimistic and had a good relationship with the family.
"We never pressured her even though she was preparing for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examination next year. She liked playing the violin and was fond of animation. She even helped her friends do their make up which, I guess, is similar to cosplay."