Missing teen found dead after wallet dispute

The two boys called the police after they realised Zhang was unconscious. (AP photo)
The two boys called the police after they realised Zhang was unconscious. (AP photo)

A runaway teenager was found dead along a Geylang back lane on Sunday morning after a dispute with two other teens.

Zhang Zekai, who had been missing since 12 August, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

According to The New Paper, the 13-year-old was playing computer games at a 24-hour Internet cafe when two boys, both 16, accused Zhang of stealing one of their wallets.

Wanting to settle the conflict, the trio went to an alleyway at the back lane between Geylang Lorong 29 and Lorong 31, where Zhang was allegedly kicked and punched many times by the two boys.

After Zhang lost balance and hit his head on the ground, the attackers realised he was not moving and they called the police.

Police took the two suspects, who had on wrist and ankle restraints, back to the scene on Sunday afternoon to answer questions.

According to The New Paper, that was Zhang's third time running away from home, and for the past two times, he was also at an Internet cafe playing computer games.

Shin Min Daily News had reported on his disappearance a few weeks ago. A police report was lodged three days after his disappearance and an appeal for his whereabouts was sent out.

Someone going by the name of Sam also started a blog to find information on Zhang, and posted "May he rest in peace" on Sunday.

Zhang's parents have declined to speak to the media about their son, who was their only child.

The case has been classified as an unnatural death and investigations are ongoing.