Scott Campbell, the 16-year-old missing school boy, was found dead on Sunday just yards away from his house.
A frantic search was launched for the boy when he did not reach home after a party.
Since the postmortem is yet to be conducted, the cause of the death has not been established so far. But according to sources, the boy froze to death as the temperatures dropped to just above freezing during the night he went missing. According to the Met office, on Friday night and Saturday early morning, the temperature in the Inverness area dropped to 1°C along with chilling winds and showers. Campbell apparently was not even carrying a jacket, dailyrecord.co.uk reported.
Campbell's family raised an alarm after they did not hear from him for a long time. They said it was out of character for him not to tell them where he was.
His body was found around 10 a.m. on Sunday in the garden of a cottage less than 100 yards from his home at Culduthel Mains, Inverness.
Campbell's family was too devastated to talk about their loss, but a neighbor said: He was a good lad who was never in any trouble. It is tragic because he was really well liked.
Another neighbor was quoted as saying: He had gone to a party in the Inshes area and we believed he was making his way home early in the morning. We don't know what route he was taking, but he ended up in the back garden of a house near to his home. There is a burn at the back but we don't know if he slipped and fell.
Campbell was a student at the Inverness Royal Academy and was last seen outside the Tesco superstore at Inshes Inverness around 5.15 a.m. on Saturday after the party, just before he was starting for home.