11-year-old brothers found dead near Upper Bukit Timah playground

SINGAPORE: Police investigations are underway after two 11-year-old brothers were found dead near a playground at Greenridge Crescent in Upper Bukit Timah on Friday (Jan 21) evening.

The police said in response to queries from CNA that they received a call for assistance from a man at about 6.25pm on Friday.

"When police officers arrived at the scene, the man's two 11-year-old sons were found lying motionless in the vicinity of the playground and were pronounced dead at scene by a paramedic," said the police.

The police have classified the case as unnatural death.

Taxi drivers were alerted on Friday night to be on the lookout for a man of "unknown race" last seen at 3pm in the area. The message sent out to drivers, which the police have confirmed as authentic, described the man as "tan looking" and aged 30 to 40 years old, clad in a grey shirt with sports shoes.

The police did not respond to queries from CNA regarding when this alert was first issued, whether this individual was a suspect or if this individual has been located.

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Residents in the neighbourhood told CNA on Saturday that the entire area was cordoned off last night with heavy police presence.

Describing the scene, a 57-year-old resident who wanted to be identified as Mr Raj said “police, vans and soldiers with red berets … were encircling the forest” near the playground on Friday evening.

“I was telling myself perhaps this is an exercise or something,” he said. “I didn’t know what was happening, but police were all over the place.”

One 68-year-old resident, who declined to be named, added that a floodlight, fire engine and even the police's K-9 unit had been deployed. The contingents only wound down operations past midnight, he added.

Residents also said that they saw a bright orange car being towed away that night – one they had never seen in the neighbourhood before.

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