Parents of four-year-old Mohammad Zaid hold up a photograph of him after his body was found inside a wooden chest on the rooftop of their neighbour's house in Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, on June 4, 2018.

Neighbourhood News Desk: Family of Mohammad Zaid searched for the missing toddler, unaware for 18 months that his body lay just metres from their house. On Sunday, the partially decomposed body of Mohammad Zaid, who had gone missing from the Shamshad Garden locality in Sahibabad on December 1, 2016, was recovered from inside a wooden chest kept on the rooftop of his neighbour’s house.

Neighbours told the police on Sunday that they had never noticed any foul stench emanating from the box. While an FIR for kidnapping was lodged a day after the 4-and-a-half-year-old boy went missing, the family’s search had been futile. Police then arrested a man who claimed to be the boy’s kidnapper red-handed while accepting money from victim’s father on December 17, 2016, another was arrested two days later.