Vishal Mehrotra
29th July 1981

Did this 8 year old boy meet his death at the hands of a paedophile ring with connections to the upper echelons of the British establishment? His father thinks so - and suspicions of a cover up remain unanswered.

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8 year old Vishal Mehrotra is alleged by his father to have been murdered at the hands of an unnamed Conservative MP at a child abuse 'orgy' at Elm Guest House in 1981.

Vishal was last seen within a mile of the notorious address as he walked home from watching the marriage of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer. He was just a couple of hundred yards ahead of them when he was abducted, and was never seen alive again.

His father - Vishambar Mehotra - was a London magistrate. Later that year, he received a call from a male escort who told him that his son had been killed at a party. He claims to have recorded the call and taken the tape to the police, who in effect ignored his evidence. 

In November 2014, he recounted the events to the Daily Telegraph:

"I was contacted by a young man who seemed to be in his 20s. He told me he believed Vishal may have been taken by paedophiles in the Elm Guest House near Barnes Common. He said there were very highly placed people there. He talked about judges and politicians who were abusing little boys.

I recorded the whole 15-minute conversation and took it to police. But instead of investigating it, they just pooh-poohed it and I never heard anything about the tape again. The whole thing went cold.

At that time I trusted the police. But when nothing happened, I became confused and concerned. Now it is clear to me that there has been a huge cover up. There is no doubt in my mind."

Vishal's partial remains were discovered in February of 1982 in woodlands in West Sussex. Much of his body was missing - including his legs, pelvis and lower spine. The Coroner recorded an open verdict, but declared that foul play was likely. In 2000, Sussex Police announced a 'cold case' review of the murder, in the hope that advances in DNA analysis would uncover new leads. Detective Superintendent Dave Gayler told the BBC that:

"We would look at similarities with the murders of Jason Swift and Daniel Handley (who were abducted in London, abused and then dumped in rural areas) and look at sex offender registers. Paedophiles are a group of people I would certainly look at."

In June of that year - shortly afterward Vishnal's were found - the Elm Guest House was raided by police and speculation in the press at the time linked the raid to Vishal's disappearance and that of another boy - Martin Allen, who disappeared on Bonfire Night in 1979 and whose body has never been found.

At the time of writing, the police have announced the setting up of Operation Midland - an investigation into a string of alleged homicides connected with the Elm Guest House. 

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