Police identify body of murdered boy

Police identify body of murdered boy
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Times, The (London, England)-December 4, 1985
Author: MICHAEL HORSNELL

A murdered boy whose half-naked body was found in a copse near Ongar, Essex, on Saturday, was yesterday identified as Jason Swift, aged 14, from Stoke Newington, north London.

More than 50 police officers are trying to reconstruct the last five months of his life after the school boy was reported missing from the Hackney home of sister, where he was staying, on July 6.

The boy was identified after a search of the national missing persons register at Scotland Yard limited the hunt to about 100 children of similar build and description.

Dept Supt Ken Smith, of Essex Police, said there was evidence that the boy, who was asphyxiated, had been missing from his mother’s home several times before and had been homosexually abused in the past.

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