Breakthrough in 30-year cold case of missing Lee Boxell

Phoebe Southworth
a man smiling for the camera: Lee Boxell, 15, disappeared on September 10, 1988© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Lee Boxell, 15, disappeared on September 10, 1988

Detectives have uncovered new information which could solve the mystery of a teenager who vanished 30 years ago.

Lee Boxell, 15, disappeared on September 10, 1988.

He was thought to have been on his way to watch a football match at Selhurst Park in Croydon, London, and was last seen on Sutton High Street at 2.20pm.

His disappearance has remained a mystery for years, but officers are now pursuing a fresh lead which could uncover what happened to him.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘On the basis of new information coming to light, officers are pursuing a new line of enquiry. No one has been interviewed.’

At the time of Lee’s disappearance, officers discovered that he spent time in a building at St Dunstan’s Church in Cheam – a known meeting place for teenagers.

It was nicknamed ‘the Shed’ and later became a target for sexual predators.

Graves surrounding the church were excavated during a forensic dig by search teams in 2013.

Police previously said they were sure the graveyard would lead them to what happened to Lee and reportedly spent £1million on scouring the area.

But since his disappearance, various leads were pursued with no success.

a group of people standing in a park: Search teams scour St Dunstan's Church in Cheam, South London, after Lee's disappearance© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Search teams scour St Dunstan’s Church in Cheam, South London, after Lee’s disappearance a group of people in a park: Officers previously said they were convinced the graveyard would lead them to what happened to the teenager© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Officers previously said they were convinced the graveyard would lead them to what happened to the teenager

Three men were interviewed in 2014 on suspicion of his murder, conspiracy to pervert justice and indecency with children.

A 42-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert justice and indecency with children.

All were released without charge.

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