Artist impressions of two boys police would like to speak to in connection with the investigation into the murder of Rikki Neave in Peterborough in 1994 have been released.
Detectives investigating the murder say they received a number of interesting calls following last night’s Crimewatch appeal.
A reconstruction of the six-year-old’s last-known movements was shown on the BBC programme which also included an interview with one of Rikki’s siblings and his mother, Ruth.
During the evening officers received 17 calls in relation to the investigation.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Wall said: “We received a number of interesting calls following the reconstruction which we will be following up over the next few days.
“However, I would continue to urge anyone with information about Rikki’s death to call police.
“Any information, no matter how small or insignificant you believe it to be, could provide the missing link in helping us trace whoever is responsible for his murder.”
During the programme four possible sightings of Rikki were released and artist impressions of two men officers are keen to identify:
1. November 28 - Around 5/6pm Rikki is believed to have been seen outside the shops in Scalford Drive, leaving with two teenage boys.
2. November 28 - At 9pm someone matching Rikki’s description was seen outside the flats in Tilton Court, walking with a teenage boy with a dog.
3. November 28 – At around 10pm two boys where seen pushing a buggy in Belvoir way, heading towards the woods where Rikki was found the following day.
4. November 29 – At around 6.30am two boys are seen walking out of the woods where Rikki’s body was discovered later that day. A jogger is also seen in the area at the same time. Artist impressions of the two boys have been released.
A reward of up to £10,000 is on offer for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of Rikki Neave’s killer.
Independent charity Crimestoppers has put up the reward in a bid to help police catch the offender responsible for the murder of the six-year-old.
Rikki was last seen leaving for school at around 8.30am on Monday, November 28, 1994, from his home in Redmile Walk, Welland. He is believed to have been wearing grey trousers, a white shirt, black shoes and a blue coat.
Rikki’s body was found in a wooded area off Eye Road, close to Willoughby Court, the following day - five minutes’ walk from his house in the Welland Estate.
A post mortem examination concluded that Rikki had died as a result of a compression of the neck – strangulation.
The following day (Wednesday November 30) officers searching Willoughby Court found Rikki’s clothing – grey trousers, a white shirt, black shoes and a blue coat – in a wheelie bin.
If you have information, please contact us on 01480 425882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can give information anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
The reward of up to £10,000 can only be claimed by those who provide information to Crimestoppers directly on 0800 555 111 which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Rikki’s murder.
Anyone involved in the murder will not be eligible to claim any of the reward.