After extensive searching his body was found near a drain in the Christian colony, bearing marks of horrific torture, the murder weapon nearby. His nose, lips and belly had been sliced off, and his family could hardly recognize him because the body was so badly burnt. 23 wounds by a sharp weapon have been identified in the autopsy. When sending his body for an autopsy, police raised the possibility of sodomy. The police, and the mother, according to some reports named Asia Bibi (obviously not the same Asia Bibi as the iconic blasphemy law death sentence victim), said that there had been no demands for ransom, nor any accusation of blasphemy.
Parts of Pakistani culture have a strong homosexual pederast culture, and Christian and other minority boys are especially susceptible to rape and abuse because of the powerlessness of their community and their despised status. In one case fairly recently, a Christian boy was kidnapped, raped, tortured and killed by a police officer, his body similarly being dumped in a drain.