A TEENAGER who has been missing for 31 years is believed to have been murdered by a sex attacker according to shocking new evidence.
Detectives now believe that 15-year-old Lee Boxell attempted to stop a sexual assault at an unofficial youth club – a heroic act that may have cost him his life.
Review officer John McQuade, from Specialist Crime Review Group said: “I believe that Lee was assaulted by one person and that they had help from one or more others to dispose of the body and/or cover up the death.
Lee vanished on his way to a football match in Croydon, South London, from his home in Cheam, Surrey but police could never work out what happened to him.
But after a Crimewatch Roadshow appeal shown today, cops have made a new call for information into Lee’s disappearance on September 10, 1988.
Detectives initially assumed that Lee had gone to watch a football match at Selhurst Park after he told friends he might go to watch Charlton Athletic play Millwall.
But last known sighting of the teenager was in Sutton High Street at 2.20pm and this wouldn’t have given him enough time to get to the football grounds for kick off at 3pm.
A review of the circumstances proved that he had actually been at the ‘shed’, an unoffical youth club where youngsters gathered to drink and smoke at St Dunstan’s Church in Cheam.
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Cops believe that he was at the shed on Saturday 10 and that was where he witnessed someone being sexually assaulted.
John McQuade added: “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 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.”
A Metropolitan Police spokesman told the Sun Online: “On the basis of new information coming to light, officers are now pursuing a new line of enquiry.”
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Lee’s father, Peter, got to the final of Britain’s Got Talent with the Missing People Choir last year while singing I Miss You in tribute his only son.
Speaking about his work with the charity, the 71-year-old said: “Even if we don’t find out what happened to Lee, what we have done in the last few years has helped missing people to be reunited with their loved ones.”
Police have said that they are convinced that the answers to Lee’s disappearance “are in that graveyard” near the shed.
Lee’s parents, Peter and Christine, have kept his bedroom exactly how it was the day he went missing.
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