Skeleton of man found under Kowloon Bay flyover

Officers investigating after workers came across the remains while cutting grass on Tuesday morning

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 February, 2017, 3:14pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 February, 2017, 11:58pm

The decomposed remains of a man were found under a flyover in Kowloon Bay on Tuesday, prompting a police investigation into whether foul play was involved.

The skeleton was discovered when workers were cutting grass at the flyover outside the Telford Garden housing estate on Wai Yip Street, near its junction with Sheung Yuet Road, at about 10.15am, according to a police spokeswoman.

It was in a dark-coloured jacket, a dark polo shirt, white underwear and dark jeans when found. A hat was also discovered at the scene but no shoes were found.

Officers combed the area, but no identification documents or other personal belongings were found at the scene.

A police source said an initial investigation showed the remains were of a man who was believed to have been dead for more than a year.

“No fractures were found on the skeleton,” he said, adding the remains had been there for a long time.

In the afternoon, the area was cordoned off and a section of Wai Yip Street was also closed to traffic as officers investigated. Forensic pathologists were also called to collect evidence.

The source said officers would check files of missing persons in an effort to establish theidentity of the man.

The spokeswoman said crime squad officers from Sau Mau Ping Police Station were looking into the case.

In 2010, a badly decomposed body of a man was found on a remote hillside in Sai Kung Country Park with his wrists and ankles chained and padlocked. The body, three quarters of which had decomposed, was found by hikers in the dry part of a stream bed.

Police suspected the unidentified man was from the mainland and after Buddhist pines, also known as feng shui trees, but it was not clear why he was chained and padlocked.