SAD: Missing 17-year-old boy found hanging from tree in Ondo community


By Francesca Iwambe

The Bagbe Community in Ondo West Local Area of Ondo State was thrown into a mourning mood on Sunday when the body of a 17-year-old boy was found hanging on a tree.

The deceased identified as Elijah Akinrinlola was said to be living with his father, Tope Akinrinlola, along the College Road area of the community before the incident.

Spokesman of the State Command, SP Funmilayo Odunlami, who confirmed the incident said the police are currently carrying out an investigation into the incident.

The lifeless body of a 17-year-old boy identified as Elijah Akinrinlola has been found, five days after he was declared missing in Ondo State.

The deceased, who lived with his father Mr. Tope Akinrinlola, along College road, at Bagbe, Ondo West local government area, was found hanging from a tree in the agrarian community.

A source, who gave her name as Helen, confirmed that the family initially wasn't worried when the teenager didn't return home on the first day.

“The first day he did not come home to sleep, his family thought it was just what he normally did and were not worried. Then, they began to search for him when they did not see nor hear from him the following day. He was later found hanging on a tree with a rope around his neck after missing for like five days. The place he was found is close to their street,” she said.

Another source said, “What I heard is that he disappeared from his father's house for maybe five days. His father searched for him everywhere, but he did not see him. Nobody saw him until someone who was going to pick snails in the farm at night found his lifeless body hanging on the tree.

“They don't know what could have led to this. I think he was a carpentry apprentice sometime ago. I don't know if he was through with learning before this happened. He was a very lively person. He loved playing with people and having fun. He was someone who was not worried about issues. So, this is shocking to me,”

Spokesman of the State Police Command, SP Funmilayo Odunlami, who confirmed the incident on Wednesday, March 8, said the police are currently carrying out an investigation into the incident.

“We are actually making enquiries from the parents and his friends because what would have led to him committing suicide We are investigating that,” she said.

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