Crimewatch reconstruction of Lee Boxell's last known steps
A Crimewatch reconstruction tracing the final known footsteps of schoolboy Lee Boxell will be aired as police edge a step closer to solving one of the UK's oldest missing person cases.
The Sutton Guardian has learned that film crews were in borough in the past month filming at St Dunstan's Church in Cheam and in Sutton High Street following the youngsters disappearance in 1988.
Police are ready to launch a murder enquiry and are hoping the show, which will be shown on BBC1 on February 14, two days before what would have been Lee's 40th birthday, will jog somebody's memory and finally give the Boxell family and police answers as to Lee’s last movements.
Until now, murder police had believed Lee, who was 15 at the time, was on his way to Selhurst Park to watch a game on the day he disappeared on September 10, 1988.
However, Detective Inspector John McQuade, who is leading the investigation said that would be impossible.
He said: "Lee was last seen on Sutton High Street near Asda at 2.20pm. There is no way he could get to Selhurst Park in time for a 3pm kick off.
He had never been to the ground in his life and it wouldn't make sense for him to leave it so late to get to somewhere he didn't know.
We believe he stayed in the borough and he walked to Cheam. Anyone who saw him must let us know."
The Sutton Guardian understands that attention has now shifted to St Dunstan's graveyard in Cheam and the unofficial youth club called the shed.
Police spent several months at the site last summer carefully excavating land looking for clues in the biggest Metreopolitan Police operation of its kind.
Since then police have been in contact with people as far afield as Australia and America looking for clues.
It will be the second time the case has appeared on Crimewatch following an initial 30 second appeal in 1988, however now the reconstruction is expected to be a five minute segment at the start of the programme.
The programme will be aired at 9pm on BBC1 on February 14.