Unsolved Murders

Vishal Mehrotra

Age: 8

Sex: male

Date: 1 Jan 1982

Place: unknown

Source: www.theargus.co.uk

The skull and several rib bones of this eight-year-old boy were discovered in 1982 by pigeon shooters in remote marshland at Durford Abbey Farm, Rogate, near Midhurst.

Vishal vanished from his home in Putney, south-west London, while shopping with his nanny and sister, seven months earlier, shortly after watching TV coverage of the wedding of Lady Diana and Prince Charles.

Police in London launched a massive hunt for the Indian boy, searching wasteland and asking residents to check outbuildings and gardens. After hearing of his death, the boy's father broke down in tears.

Vishamba Mehrotra, then a Fleet Street solicitor, said: "I feel terrible. We lost Vishal on Royal Wedding day. "I have a daughter who is eight, but Vishal was our only son."

A mystery letter writer, who told police he might know the identity of a man who had driven to Rogate from Putney on Royal Wedding day, was later traced but soon afterwards the trail went cold.

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