Naman Dutt, the 17-year-old son of a scientist working at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), was found dead in Uran Creek by Navi Mumbai police.

According to Mumbai Mirror, his body was found near Elephanta Caves in Gharapuri on Thursday. While the post-mortem report cited the cause of death as drowning, the police are now probing all angles including suicide and foul play.

Naman, a brilliant student of PACE Junior Science College, Nerul, went missing 12 days ago from his home in Vashi. It was his father, Bhaskar Dutt, who discovered Naman missing from home.

According to reports, Naman was last seen leaving the building where the family lives at 10.30 pm on 23 September. CCTV footage showed Naman boarding a CSMT-bound train late in the night. Police teams tried to track his movements since he boarded the train at Vashi but could not determine where he might have alighted. His phone remained switched off since he had gone missing.

His mother, Chandra Ramamurthy, a psychiatrist, had earlier said that Naman was battling depression and undergoing treatment for it. Following a missing person complaint by the parents, the police had questioned Naman’s friends and classmates but could not find any leads.

After her son went missing, Ramamurthy took to Twitter pleading with him to return. On Friday she posted an update expressing the family’s grief.

His photo was circulated with the Railway Police Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP).