Detectives fear nine boys dead (27.1.92)

Detectives fear nine boys dead
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Times, The (London, England)-January 27, 1992
Author: Stewart Tendler, Crime Correspondent

DETECTIVES investigating the possibility of a ring of paedophiles responsible for the deaths of up to nine children have appealed for public help in tracing six boys aged between eight and 16, missing from London since the mid-1980s.

Four men have been convicted for the death of Jason Swift, aged 14, in 1985 and one man was later also convicted of murdering Barry Lewis, aged six, who vanished from south London.

Now police working on Operation Orchid, set up in 1989 to look at the activities of the gang, are trying to trace four boys who went missing between 1983 and 1986. They are Michael Monaghan, aged 16, from Hayes, who vanished in 1984; Paul James, aged 16, missing from Brixton in 1984; Michael Maughan, aged eight, from Kentish Town, missing since 1985; and Desmond Ingram, aged 14, from Highbury New Park, who also vanished in 1985. Two other boys have been described only as Mark and Hussein.

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