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MISSING: The Disappearance of Vishal Mehrotra Pt2

Firstly, yes, I have changed the theme of my blog.  The other theme seemed to reach dial-up proportions of slowness at times and it was frustrating.  Hopefully this new one will do the job much more efficiently.

The Disappearance of Vishal Mehrotra – local press

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Vishal Mehrotra

I discovered some news cuttings from local papers regarding the disappearance of Vishal Mehrotra in Putney on the day of the Royal Wedding on 29th July 1981.  I haven’t seen them before so thought I’d share as they give a good insight in to the police investigation at the time.  This post carries on from my previous one that sets out Vishal’s disappearance in much closer detail: The Disappearance of Vishal Mehrotra.

It’s also worth noting that the officers in charge of Operation Stranger and Operation Orchid felt that Vishal’s disappearance may have been connected to that of Jason Swift and Barry Lewis but were never able to find conclusive proof.

I am including the first cutting to show that there were very few street parties around, which goes some way to dismissing the view that he ran off to join one.

23 July 1981: The Herald: Wedding day work for many

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6th August 1981 – The Herald: Missing boy – fears grow

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13 August 1981 – The Herald: ‘Help Us’ – Police

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20 August 1981 – The Herald: Medium helps hunt for boy

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3 September 1981 – The Herald: Missing Boy: Hunt goes on

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24 September 1981 – The Herald: Mother’s prayers for her lost son

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31 December 1981 – The Herald: Five months later but hunt goes on for missing boy

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4 March 1982 – The Herald: Tragic end to missing boy hunt – Skeleton mystery

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18 March 1982 – The Herald: Vishal – police theory

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8 April 1982 – The Herald: Vishal – new leads in murder hunt

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8 April 1982 – The Herald: Vishal – hunt for clues goes on

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Unrelated but interesting all the same, I must add that despite claims that Lennie Smith (Operation Orchid) died in the sex offenders unit in Nottingham, his death was actually registered in Petersfield where, it has been established, his father lived – as well where Vishal’s body was found.

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6 thoughts on “MISSING: The Disappearance of Vishal Mehrotra Pt2

  1. The man with the Army Jacket, and had, could have been Dr Paul Morris, an Army Doctor based at Aldershot, but he also had a flat in London. He deserted from the Army after the Royal Wedding, and went to Berlin. There had been rumors about him when he was coaching a boys football team, but no complaints had been made. So why did he desert the Army. Aldershot is half an hours drive from where Vishal was found.

    His best friend visited him in Berlin, and took a boy from London to Berlin. This man knew Dr Morris for a long time, and both were from wales. This man was a geologist, and would have known where to find Marshland, which is where Vishal was found.

    That man was convicted of having sex with young boys, he used drugs, probably marijuana on the boys. A boy who looked like Vishal was reported by a witness, standing at the bottom of the stairs in Deodar Road, near the exit to Wandsworth Park. She noticed his teeth, which had not been broadcast at that point. She said he had both arms above his head, and he was looking at the sky. He was still doing the same five minutes later, but this time eating a chocolate bar. After leaving prison he went abroad, and was arrested for having sex with boys. On returning to the UK he was convicted of having sex with boys again in the UK. He may now be out of prison.

    Dr Paul Morris was arrested in Cypress by the Army in 1999, and brought back to Colchester Military Prison. Dr Paul Morris, 46, died on 20 December after being found unconscious in his cell. Morris, who was being held in military custody in Colchester on suspicion of involvement in a paedophile ring, was found dead in his cell on December 20.

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  2. There was another sighting of Vishal two days after he disappeared getting on a 49 bus, just across the river from Chelsea. He asked for ‘Worlds End’. He was said to be wearing the same clothes that he disappeared in. He would have known the 49 bus, as it went past his school in Gloucester Road.

    Vishal’s friend said he did not always take the train home, and he may have went with another friend on the 49, remembering the name Worlds End. He would have got off the bus at Kings Road, turned left, walking towards worlds End, and maybe on to Fulham Broadway Station to get the train home to Putney.

    This would have taken him into a small area of Fulham that Martin Allen was last seen heading towards. Martin Allen was another boy, like Vishal, who also used Gloucester Road Station twice a day.

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  3. At last, I’ve found the source of the “army doctor and his best friend the geologist”! Let’s have a look at it. According to a BBC report of January 1999 and Cyprus Mail of 5/1/99 Paul Morris died in a cell at Colchester on 20/12/98 apparently from suicide. He had been deported from Cyprus at the request of military authorities in the UK. Morris deserted the army in 1981 after accusations of molesting boys in a football team he ran. There is no mention of his going to Berlin. Morris arrived in Cyprus in 1982, married a local woman and adopted two Lebanese refugees. He worked in a private school in Limassol and as a coach for a youth football team in Nicosia. Cyprus police were told that he was molesting the boys, but the parents did not want to press charges. There is no mention of physical violence, let alone murder. As for the geologist, he remains nameless. Morris seems to be just another case of a public school child molester and I see no connection between him and Vishal Mehrotra. The rest of @SBS’s comments are a conflation of inaccuracies picked up from the very slanted and misleading LBC broadcasts, and some of @SBS’s own invention. For example: who says Martin Allen was seen “heading towards Fulham”? What has Gloucester Road tube station have to do with Vishal’s abduction? And another point: street maps from the early 1980s and before show there was no entrance to Wandsworth Park from Deodar Road in 1981. The entrance which is there now was built after Vishal’s murder.

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  4. You have found the Army Doctor, well done, but your facts are wrong. The Army Doctor worked and lived in Aldershot Barracks (30 minutes from where Vishal was found). He also has a flat in London.
    There had been rumours of things going on in a football team he was running, but no complaints had been made. He deserted the Army just after the Royal Wedding and went to Berlin to live, before he ended up in Cyprus.

    When he killed himself he was being investigated as being part of a paedophile ring.

    The police said the nearest that came to solving the case was a reported sighting of an Asian boy, with a man in Army uniform on Beacon Hill near Rogate.

    The connection between Vishal, and Martin was that both boys used Gloucester Road Station twice a day. Vishals school, next to Gloucester Road Station was run by a sadistic paedophile headmaster, and several others teaching there.

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