Lee Boxwell Police make new appeal for information into missing person case spanning 25 years
February 15, 2013, 2:46 am
Following a Crimewatch appeal today (Thursday 14 February) detectives
from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) are appealing for information
into the whereabouts of missing Lee Boxell.
There have been a number of appeals for information over the years and
this latest appeal coincides with what would be Lee’s 40 birthday on
Saturday 16 February.
For almost 25 years police have continued their efforts to search for
Lee who was 15 years old at the time he disappeared. He was last seen on
Saturday September 10 1988 on Sutton High Street.
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At the time Lee was 5’6″ tall, of slim build, with light brown hair and
was wearing black jeans, a white ‘Flintstones’ t-shirt and brown suede
The original inquiry into Lee’s disappearance believed that he went to
watch a football game at Selhurst Park but he had never previously been
to the football ground.
The last known sighting of Lee was on Sutton High Street at 14.20hrs –
which would not have give him sufficient time to get to the football
ground for kick-off at 15:00hrs.
A review of the circumstances of Lee’s disappearance has led to new
lines of enquiries. Police now have evidence to suggest that Lee used to
attend an unofficial youth club in an out-building at St Dunstans Church
Cheam which was known locally as the shed. This was a place where
youngsters could gather to drink and smoke.
Detectives think it very possible that he would have gone to the shed to
meet with friends that afternoon and came to some harm that day or very
After extensive enquiries police are now aware of known paedophile
activity amongst a group of offenders in the Cheam area at the time Lee
Detective Inspector John McQuade of the Homicide and Serious Crime
Command [HSCC], said: “For almost 25 years police have been working
tirelessly to trace Lee’s whereabouts and provide his family with
answers. I am appealing to anyone who knows where Lee is or what
happened to him on that day to contact police – no piece of information
is too small.
“We believe that there is a witness or witnesses who would have been at
the shed on the day Lee went missing and would appeal directly to those
people to come forward.
“Although this is still a missing person case we must consider the
strong possibility that Lee was murdered. There is no trace of Lee under
his own name or any assumed alias on any police database. He has never
accessed bank or credit institutions. There is little evidence to
suggest that he is alive still.
“If Lee did come to some harm someone knows where Lee’s body is buried.
People who used to attend the shed in 1988 may be parents themselves now
with children of Lee’s age and we would appeal to them to examine their
conscience and come forward. Lee’s family have had to endure 25 years of
not knowing where he has gone and they have a right to know what has
happened to him.”
The police investigation has never been closed and officers continue to
seek any information that will explain Lee’s disappearance.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sutton Incident Room on
0208 721 4005 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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