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Thursday, 26 September 2019

Police say they believe a teenager who went missing in Sutton 31 years ago was murdered because he witnessed a sexual assault.



15 year old Lee Boxell was last spotted on the High Street on his way to a football match in September 1988.

But officers say the sighting meant he wouldn’t have had enough time to make kick off at Selhurst Park.

They believe he visited an unofficial youth club at St Dunstan's Church known as the 'shed' instead.

Detectives believe that once there, Lee witnessed someone, probably a teenager, being sexually assaulted.

It is believed that he either intervened to stop the assault or threatened to report it before he was fatally assaulted and his body removed.

Police want the victim of the believed sexual assault to come forward and confirm whether or not they saw Lee on that day.

Review officer John McQuade, from the Specialist Crime Review Group, said:

“I would like to appeal to that young person who was sexually assaulted to come forward.

“Your evidence would confirm Lee’s presence at the shed and help to identify his assailant.

“I believe that Lee was assaulted by one person and that they had help from one or more others to dispose of his body and/or cover up the death. I would appeal to those people to come forward and confirm this and help us to locate Lee’s body.

“I accept and wish to make it clear that it may not have been the intention to kill Lee and that your role in assisting the main attacker will be taken into account. But you have to take responsibility for your actions and face the consequences before it is too late for Lee’s family.

“Someone knows what happened to Lee and where his body is buried.”

Enquiries continue.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sutton incident room on 0208 721 4005 or Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:35 pm  

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