Body in wheelchair found in harbour

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 October, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 October, 2003, 12:00am

The body of a man tied to a wheelchair was found floating near the shoreline of the Tsim Sha Tsui East waterfront yesterday morning.

A baby sling had been strapped around his waist to bind him to the wheelchair, while his arms and legs were bound to the chair with tape and strips of cloth.

No identification was found on the man, who was barefoot and wearing green-and-white-striped pyjamas. Police estimated the man to have been aged 'well over 50'.

Investigators have not established whether the victim drowned or if he died of other causes. They said the body had no external injuries.

A post-mortem examination will be conducted in an attempt to determine the cause of death. The case has yet to be classified as a homicide.

The body was retrieved by marine police officers off the waterfront after they received a report about a decomposing body found close to the shoreline at 7am yesterday.

Police are checking the missing persons files in a bid to establish the man's identity.

Divers are expected to scour the seabed along the Tsim Sha Tsui East shoreline this morning to search for more clues.

Investigators will ask people in the area if they have seen a man in a wheelchair there recently.