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Missing IVE student sparks social media, citywide search

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 April, 2013, 3:05pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 April, 2013, 3:34pm

The citywide hunt for a missing 19-year-old continued on Tuesday as classmates and family members turned to social media to expand their search.

Tsoi Kin-hau, a Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) finance student, was reported missing after he disappeared on Friday, from his home in Lam Tin’s Tak Tin Estate.

He left behind a suicide note saying he was suffering from academic pressures.

The note read: “No need to look for me. Call the police and tell them to find me. I have gone to a faraway place where none of you will find me. Don’t worry too much, let me leave in peace.”

Friends of Tsoi took the search onto the internet with a forum thread, which was circulated more than 500 times in the first hour. News of Tsoi's dissappearance was also posted on Facebook. 

Police said they had searched Lion Rock Country Park, Lam Tin Park, Sam Ka Tsuen and the Tseung Kwan O Chinese Permanent Cemetery.

Tsoi was last seen wearing a black, hooded jacket, red T-shirt, jeans and black trainers, and was carrying a black Nike backpack. He is 1.73 metres tall and weighs about 58kg.

Anyone with information should call Kowloon East missing persons unit on 2703 2335.