PETALING JAYA - Feeling something amiss, a 46-year-old man went to look for his son and found him - beaten to death.
The man, who only wanted to be known as Salim, said he was used to having 14-year-old Muhammad Israf Firdaus Abdullah not being at home.
However, his son's absence on Sunday left Salim unsettled. The teen had gone out on his bicycle and was still not back by nightfall.
Salim started looking for Muhammad Israf at his usual hangouts in Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur, but to no avail.
"I continued searching for him the following day and chanced upon a police patrol unit in the area at about 6.30pm.
"I told the policemen that I was looking for my son," Salim said when met at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital morgue.
To his horror, Salim was informed of a brawl involving a teenager matching his son's description.
He rushed to the police station to look at a picture of the dead teen and it was indeed Muhammad Israf, the fifth of seven siblings.
Mother Siti Anita Abdullah described her son as a quiet boy who often kept to himself.
"Even though his father and I are divorced, I would always come to visit my son and I truly feel the loss," said the 40-year-old.
On Monday, the body of a teenage boy was found in the back lane of a residential area in Jalan Keramat.
Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Zainuddin Ahmad said the passer-by who discovered the body at about 1.50am immediately contacted the authorities.
"We received an alert via 999 from Kuala Lumpur Hospital. Checks on his body showed bruises on the left cheek and blisters on the forehead.
"A post-mortem revealed that death was due to blunt trauma to the head," he said.
Four men, aged between 20 and 22, have been picked up to help investigations.
"All four have admitted to being involved in the case. According to them, a scuffle occurred when the boy was caught for allegedly trying to steal car parts belonging to one of them," SAC Zainuddin said, adding that the police were looking for another suspect.