Date
24 May 2017
The bag was found at the edge of the cliff at Lion Rock by a female hiker on Tuesday. The man's body was found the following day. Photos: wehare.com, Apple Daily
The bag was found at the edge of the cliff at Lion Rock by a female hiker on Tuesday. The man's body was found the following day. Photos: wehare.com, Apple Daily

Man depressed over job loss jumps to death from Lion Rock

A 35-year-old man jumped to his death from Lion Rock Mountain after losing his job which he blamed on his body odor.

Police who had been searching for the man since Tuesday morning found a body on a rocky hillside at 9:14 a.m. on Wednesday and believed it was that of the man who had gone missing since Sunday, Apple Daily reports.

The body was found 250 meters down from the edge of a cliff of the mountain where a female hiker discovered a bag and several empty bottles of beer on Tuesday.

The bag contained what appeared to be a suicide note, a wallet, an identification card and a cutter.

Earlier, on Monday morning, the family of the man, surnamed So, reported to the police that he left their flat in Chai Wan on Sunday and had not returned.

In the note, So said he was shut out by his office colleagues and eventually dismissed by his boss because of his unpleasant body odor.

He said he was very sorry because he could no longer provide financial help to his parents.

Expressing his despair, he said he could not stand rejection from people around him, even though a doctor had told him his physical condition was fine after a checkup.

Police officers and firemen had pursued the search despite the dense fog and wet roads in the mountain which made the operation more difficult.

Dr. Ho Kai-keung, a dermatologist, said body odor could result from having more sweat glands or acquired factors such as obesity and hygiene issues.

Those who suffer from the problem should not feel depressed as solutions are available, such as cleaning their bodies more often, using antiperspirant, taking medication or even undergoing an operation to remove some of their sweat glands, Ho added.

EJ Insight supports efforts to help people deal with depression and related issues. Here is the 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline of The Samaritans: +852 2896 0000 (or email [email protected]).

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