Police found no signs of the body of the baby boy lost from a hospital mortuary despite sifting through 4.5 tonnes of clinical waste on the second day of their search of the Tseung Kwan O landfill. The 24 police officers, all volunteers from the force's Eastern district division and the tactical unit of Hong Kong Island, have now sifted through 6 tonnes of the 8 tonnes of clinical waste dumped there by Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan, where the body went missing. Chief Inspector Chow Siu-tong, of the Eastern district crime squad, had said on Monday that the search was likely to take a week. Yesterday a police spokesman said the speed of the search had increased. However, the spokesman would not say whether the search would be completed more quickly than Chief Inspector Chow predicted, given that there was now only 2 tonnes to be searched. 'It all depends on the progress. It is too early to say when the operation will be completed,' he said. The body of the baby boy, who died soon after being born, was placed in a mortuary compartment on December 15. There was no sign of it during a routine check on January 2. Sai Kung district councillor Raymond Ho Man-kit called the search at the landfill a waste of public money and police manpower, and demanded an immediate halt. 'On Monday, our office received a couple of complaints from Tseung Kwan O that the odour coming from the landfill had grown worse during the search,' Mr Ho said. However, a fellow councillor said he had received no complaints about bad smells coming from the landfill over the past two days. 'There has been a problem with the landfill's odour for a long time,' Leung Li said. 'This was not caused by the search but by mismanagement of the landfill. 'And we need to be considerate to the parents of the baby boy. It will be a huge relief to them if the body is found.'