The body of a 19-year-old student was discovered by hikers at the bottom of the iconic Lion Rock, six days after he went missing.
The boy, named Wong Chak-wah, attended a secondary school in Fan Ling and was getting ready to take the HKDSE examination. His family last saw him on March 9, leaving home with a backpack.
March 5 was Wong's last day of school; he was studying at home before he went missing.
Wong, who loved hiking, lived with his family in Sha Tau Kok. His family did not file a missing person report with the police because sometimes Wong would leave home for a few days without telling them.
Two hikers, surnamed Lee and Cheung, found Wong's body under Lion Rock at around noon on Sunday and alerted the police.
A helicopter couldn't be used because of fog, so a high-angle rescue team from the fire services department climbed the mountain to get to Wong. His body was retrieved at 6.30pm on Sunday.
Wong, who suffered broken bones, was certified dead when firefighters and ambulance men reached him. An autopsy will be needed to determine the cause of death. Wong was believed to have been dead for several days. A backpack with an Octopus card, mobile phone and other documents was also found.
The police are investigating whether the teen took his own life or if his fall was an accident.