SRINAGAR Locals on Tuesday found the skeleton of a man missing for nearly two years at forests of Hangnikote in Vilgam, Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Reports said some locals while collecting the Morel Mushroom Spores (Guesh) in the forests spotted the human skeleton along with an identity card.
As per the card, the identity of the deceased is Mohammad Akram Mir (70) son of Abdul Aziz Mir of Sharkoot Vilgam, they said.
According to locals Akram was a retired employee of Sheep Husbandry Department and had gone missing on 22/07/2017.
The family had also lodged a missing report in police station Vilgam on next day after Akram did not return home.
Meanwhile, a police team and army’s 15 RR rushed to the spot soon after the news about skeleton spread in the area.
Confirming the incident, SSP Handawara Ashish Mishra told a local news agency that they have recovered the skeleton in the forest and forensic team carried out necessary action and took samples for forensic examination.
He also confirmed the recovery of identity card as reported by the locals.
All the necessary procedures would be carried out to ascertain the identity, the officer added.
A local who was part of the group which spotted the male skeleton said that it seems that the man might have been mauled to death by wild animals.