Death of teen who went missing for 100 days; There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a Chinese teenager whose body was find near his school last week, more than 100 days after he disappeared, authorities said Thursday, bringing to a close a high-profile case that has gripped the nation.
15-year-old Hu Xinyu disappeared from a private school in southeast China’s Jiangxi province in October. Her disappearance has become one of the hottest topics on the Chinese internet, raising questions about what happened to her.
Death of teen who went missing for 100 days; At a press conference on Thursday, Hu Mansong, the deputy police chief of Jiangxi province, detailed the police investigation into Hu’s death – an unusually detailed account by the standards of Chinese authorities. He also acknowledged the shortcomings of the official research operation and accepted public criticism.
The authorities were criticize for failing to find Hu despite an extensive police search. The operation covered nearly 40 hectares (0.4 sq mi) of forest around the school, using sniffer dogs, drones and thermal imaging equipment, and mobilized thousands of people before the public found his body.
In recent months, unsubstantiated rumors about the boy’s disappearance have spread, highlighting a deep public distrust of Chinese authorities — partly due to a lack of government transparency and years of worsening censorship.
The police arrested one person for spreading a video containing false information and imposed three more administrative fines for Spreading Rumours, the deputy chief of police said on Thursday.