KEY POINTS

  • Somnath, 18, from Bengaluru, India, was reported missing on May 4
  • The suicide note said he was ending his life after being threatened by friends
  • His body was found inside a sand truck during unloading Saturday

A teen boy in India who left his home after writing a death note accidentally got buried alive inside a sand truck while he slept, authorities said.

The 18-year-old boy identified only by his first name Somnath, from Bengaluru city in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, went missing from his house at midnight on May 3. The family who searched for him found a suicide note where Somnath detailed that he decided to take his life after his friends threatened to kill him.

The boy reportedly had an altercation with his friends and asked for no action to be taken against them, Hindustan Times reported. The police started an investigation after Somnath's parents filed a missing person's complaint.

Three days after the boy went missing, workers at a construction site 13 miles away from his home found a body while unloading a truck of sand. They also found a mask inside a pocket of the deceased and it carried his father's address and phone number.

An autopsy report revealed that the boy had sand particles inside the lungs, police said.

The police reviewed the CCTV footage of the area through which the truck traveled before it reached the construction site. They then determined that the teen, after leaving his home, might have slept in the vehicle after wandering alone at night.

Cops went on to reveal that the laborers might have filled the truck with sand without knowing a boy was sleeping inside the vehicle, accidentally burying him alive.

"We are waiting to know whether he consumed poison before entering the truck and died of asphyxiation or if there were any other causes. The corpse was not decomposed," a senior investigating officer said, as reported by The Times of India.

A teen boy in Australia was killed last year after a garbage truck accidentally emptied an industrial bin the boy and his friends were sleeping in. The 13-year-old boy from Port Lincoln died instantly while his two friends aged 11 and 12 sustained injuries.

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24 hours, every day.

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