Detectives in Peterborough investigating the murder of Rikki Neave more than 20 years ago have extended the time they’ll spend talking to people on the Welland Estate.
Since the investigation into the six year old’s death was re-launched on Thursday officers have received a number of calls, emails and spoken to people on the estate.
Rikki was last seen leaving for school at around 9am 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.
Det Chief Insp Richard Wall, senior investigating officer from the three force Major Crime Unit, said: “We have had a great response from the public following Thursday’s re-launch.
“Officers have been re-visiting people who were spoken to as part of the original investigation as well as those who didn’t previously come forward or who now have information they understand is crucial to detecting this terrible crime.
“The response has been so positive that we have decided to extend our time of the estate and ensure all members of the community have an opportunity to speak to us.
“We will now be reviewing all of the information we have, which will form a key part of the ongoing enquiry.
“We strongly believe the answer to who killed Rikki lies within the local community and I would urge anyone who has information about this case but hasn’t yet contacted us, to do so.
“No unsolved murder is ever closed and we regularly review them in our specialist cold case team to establish any new lines of inquiry. The advances in forensic technology, the way in which investigations have evolved and the established three-force Major Crime Unit, with highly specialised and experienced staff and officers, means we are in the best possible position to get justice for Rikki and his family.