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Dark mystery of boy’s bloody torso found dumped in Thames after ‘Satanic ritual’

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Police have renewed an appeal for information 20 years after a Nigerian boy was dumped in the River Thames after he was trafficked to be killed in a possible 'satanic ritual' which left him without his head and limbs.

The decapitated body was discovered by a member of the public in the River Thames at around 4 pm on September 21, 2001 – but his limbs and head were never recovered.

Detectives, who have named the boy "Adam", believe he was trafficked from Nigeria and sacrificed as part of a sick ceremony before his body was dismembered near Tower Bridge.

The boy aged five or six was found wearing a pair of orange shorts and it is believed he was smuggled into the country via Germany.

Adam, who is thought to have lived in Nigeria near Benin City, had only been in the UK for a few days when he was murdered, tests from the body and stomach contents had revealed.

Police have yet to charge anyone with the boy's death, despite several arrests over the years.

Today, cops have issued a fresh appeal on the 20th anniversary in hopes someone who couldn't speak about the grisly crime at the time can now come forward.

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A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: "20 years after the torso of a young boy was found in the River Thames, detectives are calling on the public to come forward with any information that may help them solve his murder.

"Investigating officers believe that over the past two decades relationships and allegiances may have changed and are specifically reaching out to people whose connection or association with someone has now ended.

"Officers urge those who may have felt uncomfortable speaking to the police in the past to 'be bold' and come forward."

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Kieran, a homicide detective from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: "It is incredibly sad and frustrating that Adam’s murder remains unsolved.

"The homicide command have been working tirelessly over the years to find out who is responsible.

"We recognise people may not have wanted to speak up at the time and may have felt loyal to the person or people involved in this.

"However, over the past 20 years, allegiances and relationships may have changed and some people may now feel more comfortable talking to us.

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"We implore them to be bold and come forward if they know something so that we can finally deliver justice once and for all.

"No matter how old or small that information may seem, it really could make all the difference.

"This young boy has not and will not be forgotten. He deserved better and we will not give up on him."

The Met Police spokesperson added: "Forensics revealed that the little boy would have been five or six years old and was from Nigeria – it is believed he was trafficked into the UK, possibly via Germany.

"His head and limbs had been severed from his body which was clothed in a pair of orange shorts. The cause of death was declared as a violent trauma to the neck area.

"It is believed his death may have been a ritualistic killing."

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A woman was previously arrested on suspicion of murder, she was later bailed and released with no further action, while a man was previously arrested and interviewed in connection with the possible trafficking of Adam into the UK. He was later bailed and released with no further action.

Another man was also arrested and interviewed on suspicion of alleged trafficking offences. He was later bailed and released with no further action.

Anyone with information relating to this case should contact police on 101, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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