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Hyogo: Boy, 11, plunges to death from Kobe building in apparent suicide

HYOGO (TR) – Hyogo Prefectural Police believe an elementary school boy plunged to his death from a building in Kobe City early Thursday in an apparent suicide, reports Kyodo News (Nov. 19).

At just past midnight, the boy, 11, was found collapsed and in a state of cardiac arrest on the grounds of a senior citizens home in the Kasugadai area of Nishi Ward. He was later confirmed dead at a hospital, police said.

Police later found that security camera footage showed the boy climbing the stairs of the six-floor building to the roof.

An examination of the area showed signs that someone had climbed the fence leading to the roof, police said.

A boy is believed to have plunged to his death from a building in Kobe City on Thursday (Twitter)

The boy lived near the home. At around 2:30 p.m. the day before, he left his elementary school. However, he was not there when his mother arrived home at around 7 p.m.

When he failed to return thereafter, his father reported him missing with police at around 10:30 p.m.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances that led to the incident.