The body of a six-year-old girl has been found inside a box hidden under her neighbour’s bed, after he helped the family search for their missing child.

After little Harshitha went missing last Thursday in Bengaluru, Karnataka, southern India, her parents quickly launched a search party. Neighbour Anil, 30, offered to search for the little girl but four days later her decomposed body was found squeezed inside a box, hidden under a bed in his house. Police suspect she was raped before she was murdered.

Harshitha was the only child of Shiv Kumar, 32, and his wife Saraswathi Kumar, 25. Her father said she had been playing outside the house when she went missing. After four days, local residents reported a foul smell coming from Anil’s house and police broke in to find Harshitha’s decomposed body under the bed. A post-mortem is due to take place and a manhunt for Anil is ongoing.

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