Disappearance of Lee Boxell

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Lee Boxell
Born(1973-02-16)16 February 1973
Surrey
Disappeared10 September 1988 (aged 15)
between Sutton, London and Selhurst Park, South Norwood, United Kingdom
StatusMissing for 25 years, 7 months and 23 days
ResidenceCheam, London, England
NationalityBritish
ParentsPeter and Christine
 
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Lee Boxell
Born(1973-02-16)16 February 1973
Surrey
Disappeared10 September 1988 (aged 15)
between Sutton, London and Selhurst Park, South Norwood, United Kingdom
StatusMissing for 25 years, 7 months and 23 days
ResidenceCheam, London, England
NationalityBritish
ParentsPeter and Christine

Lee Darren Boxell (16 February 1973 - disappeared 10 September 1988) is an English schoolboy who disappeared on 10 September 1988, when he was aged 15, between Sutton High Street and Selhurst Park Football Stadium in London, England. When he disappeared, Lee was 5ft 6in (1.67m), slim with light brown hair and was wearing black jeans, a white Flintstones T-shirt and brown suede shoes.

Background[edit]

On the morning of Saturday 10 September 1988, Lee Boxell left his home in Cheam, south London to meet up with a friend at 11am in nearby Sutton. Lee and his friend spent a couple of hours window shopping, and parted company at 1pm. When he was leaving, Lee said he may go to Selhurst Park Football Stadium to watch a match between Charlton Athletic F.C. and Millwall F.C..

Despite extensive appeals on both Crimewatch and at Selhurst Park and other football stadiums, no one has come forward with any positive sightings of Lee at any of the football grounds in the area. However, a witness did come forward to say that they had spotted Lee outside Tesco on Sutton High Street (now an Asda) at 2:20pm. This meant it was unlikely that Lee would have made it to any of the football grounds in the area in time for a 3pm kick off. Lee has not been seen since.[1]

Subsequent events[edit]

In 2012, a further witness stated that Lee attended an unofficial youth club in the annexe of St Dunstan's Church in Cheam, known as "The Shed", which was previously unknown to the police. Following extensive enquires the police found out that paedophiles were operating in the area at the time Lee disappeared.[2] William Lambert, the St Dunstan's Church graveyard digger who ran The Shed, was jailed for 11 years in 2011, when he was aged 75, after sexually abusing four girls who attended the club. Between June and September 2012 the police excavated part of the St Dunstan's Church graveyard, which is set to resume in April 2013.[3]

To coincide with what would have been Lee's 40th birthday, on 14 February 2013 Crimewatch featured another appeal for information, working on the new theory that Lee attended The Shed on the day he disappeared.[4][5][1] Following this appeal, there was an allegation of sexual abuse never before reported, and police are now working on the theory that "Lee may have died after intervening to try to stop sexual abuse at a youth club in Cheam".[6][7]

Lee's parents Peter and Christine have kept his bedroom exactly how it was the day he went missing.[8]

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