Body of 6-yr-old girl found in river

The body of a six-year-old girl who was reported missing from near Kerala's Kollam for the past 24 hours was found along the banks of a nearby river on Friday, police said.

The Kerala police had on Thursday launched a massive search operation for the minor who was reported missing since 11 am on Thursday. She went missing when her mother went behind the house for some household chores for just about five minutes.

After preliminary inquest, the body was taken to a nearby hospital for post-mortem.

"The cause of death is yet to be ascertained," police said.