x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Missing teen's body found in Dubai Creek

According to Dubai police, Ammar Atluddin’s body was discovered by a Dubai Municipality cleaning worker in Dubai Creek, near the twin towers in Deira.

Ammar was at his father's jewellery shop when he told his parents he was going out to buy some chocolate and would be back soon.
Ammar was at his father's jewellery shop when he told his parents he was going out to buy some chocolate and would be back soon.

DUBAI // The body of a teenager who had been missing since Monday has been found in Dubai Creek, police have confirmed.

Ammar Atiuddin, 17, from Pakistan, disappeared after telling his parents that he was going out to buy chocolate and would be back soon.

His father, Atiuddin Moinudeen, confirmed that his son's body has been found.

"He's dead. They found my son's body and he's dead," said Mr Moinudeen from a Dubai police station. "This is the worst news. We are all devastated."

Police said that Ammar's body was found by a municipality cleaner at Dubai Creek, near the twin towers in Deira, on Wednesday about 7am.

The floating body was fully clothed and there were no signs of struggle, though his father said there were "some injuries to his face".

Ammar, the fourth of six boys, had been in Dubai since April 27 on a month-long visit from Pakistan with his mother.

The cause and time of death are yet to be determined. Police hope a post-mortem examination will provide answers.

"He was found with his clothes on and there were no signs of violence, but it is too early to make any conclusions," said Lt Col Abdullah Al Mazyoud, the director of the ports police station. "We are waiting for the forensic examination results."

Hours after identifying Ammar's body, Mr Moinudeen said his entire family was distraught.

"The police called me in the morning [yesterday] and asked me to come to the police station," he said.

"The clothes matched the ones Ammar was wearing and there was some injuries to his face.

"We had all been worried sick when he disappeared and this is the worst news we could have expected."

Mr Moinudeen had posted his son's picture and contact numbers on his company's Facebook page appealing for help.

Earlier in the week, Mr Moinudeen said his son had left the offices of his jewellery shop in Deira about 11.30am on Monday.

He said there had not been an argument and Ammar did not have a mobile phone.

Mr Moinudeen said that about 5am on Wednesday he received a blank call from a mobile phone, but could not get through when he tried to call the number.

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