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Friday, 20 September, 2002, 10:29 GMT 11:29 UK
New lead in torso murder inquiry
Torso image
One police theory was a voodoo killing
Police are investigating a new lead in the murder of a boy whose torso was found in the River Thames.

Forensic scientists say they have found a "foreign substance" in his digestive system and are now trying to identify it.

A woman from Glasgow arrested in connection with the murder has been bailed by the Metropolitan Police to return to a south London police station in October.

The remains of the small boy, thought to be of African origin, was recovered from the river in London last September.

Voodoo killing

The finding sparked a major police inquiry which reached as far as South Africa and included an appeal by Nelson Mandela.

The boy is thought to have been five or six years old when he died, and was named Adam by officers.

They were investigating the theory he had been subject to a West African style voodoo killing or a "muti" murder, a ritual killing commonly associated with South Africa.


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