We have a tentative identification on Adam, the name given to the boy’s torso found in the Thames, UK.
“A boy of six whose torso was found mutilated in the Thames has been identified ten years later. The tragic lad has been named as Ikpomwosa, from Nigeria, and a picture of him was released. Detectives believe the lad, who they called “Adam”, was smuggled to London to be butchered in a twisted West African religious ceremony.”
In 2002, a woman of West African origin was arrested in Glasgow in connection with the murder of a young boy whose torso was found in the Thames in London. The child’s torso, clad only in a pair of orange shorts, was spotted floating in the Thames near Tower Bridge on 21 September, 2001. It had been in the water for up to 10 days. The boy was named Adam by police officers working on the inquiry.
Police have described the case as unprecedented. The boy, between four and seven years old, had been beheaded and his legs severed above the knee. His arms had been cut off and his atlas bone the vertebra that supports the skull had also been removed. Police followed the theory that he might been the victim of a ritual muti killing, in which body parts are taken for their supposed magical powers. Scotland Yard consulted a specialist South African police unit that investigates occult crimes. Read more here.