Body of missing Kerala girl found

South India

A pall of gloom descended on Elavoor village in Kollam district of Kerala as the body of a six-year-old girl Devananda, who went missing from her house since Thursday morning, was found from a river near her house on Friday morning.

The body was recovered after intense search operations were carried out by the police and people from the locality. Police said no mark of injury was found on her body. Police suspect it to be a case of drowning.

"We found the body along the banks of the river today morning. We had yesterday searched the river, but could not find anything," police said.

Devananda alias Ponnu, daughter of Pradeep Kumar, who works in Muscat, and Dhanya of Dhanesh Bhavan, Elavoor Thadathilmukku, Nedumankavu was found missing from 10.15 am on Thursday.The police have confirmed her identity and the body has been sent to Trivandrum Medical College for autopsy.

Massive search operation was launched by the state police in all districts ever since the missing report came out. The social media had also taken up the case and had launched a sharing campaign to find out the child.

People across the state were immersed in prayers for the safe return of the girl but they went in vain. Large number of people from the village and nearby areas visited the house after the news of her death spread.

Devananda was found missing after her mother went to wash clothes near the house. Her mother  Dhanya said that Devananda had followed her, but she asked her to go back and had seen the girl going inside the house.

But when she returned, the girl was missing and the front door of the house was open.

“My daughter is not used to going to play in the neighbouring houses. I have no reason to doubt anyone” she said. The girl’s father Pradeep Kumar, who works in Muscat, has arrived.

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