Kasargod: The body of four-year-old Sana Fathima, who went missing last week from Panathur here, was found on Wednesday evening. The body was recovered from the river, two kilometres away from her house. The body was found in a bush by the side of the river.
The body has been shifted to hospital for post-mortem. The girl was missing after her return from Anganwadi on August 3.
Preliminary investigation had hinted that the Sana might have been slipped into the drainage near her house as her slippers and umbrella were found there. Coordinated searches by the villagers and government officials including police and emergency rescue staff to locate her proved in vain.
At the time of her disappearance her mother and grandmother were at home and it was raining heavily. Neither of them saw her going out of the house.
A Special Investigation Team (SIT) under Vellarikundu Circle Inspector M. Sunil Kumar had also been constituted to search for the girl. The SIT was formed by District Police Chief K G Simon following directions from the State government.
On Tuesday, authorities pressed into service National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to locate a little girl. The NDRF team lead by senior officer Shankar searched in Bankupayam river using scuba diving cameras to locate Sana Fathima. She is the daughter of Ibrahim, an autorickshaw driver, and Haseena of Bankupayam colony near Panathur in the district.