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UK PATRICK WARREN & DAVID SPENCER: Missing from Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham- 26 Dec 1996 - Age 11 & 13

Discussion in 'Europe: Missing & Unidentified' started by Ladyslug, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member



    On a cold December night 20 years ago, two boys went out to play. Two hours later, they vanished. They have never been found and nobody has been charged over their disappearance. So what happened to the friends who became known as the "Milk Carton Kids"?

    It was the day after Christmas.

    Patrick Warren and his friend David Spencer had spent the day together, playing near their homes in Chelmsley Wood - a sprawling, working class estate on the edge of Birmingham.

    Despite their young age - 11 and 13 respectively - they roamed the estate until close to midnight, when David returned to his home in Circus Avenue.

    He told his mother he was going to spend the night at Patrick's brother's home, a short walk away.

    ogether they drifted unnoticed in the cold and dark, past houses lit up with Christmas decorations.

    Patrick was riding his new red bicycle - a present given to him the previous day - while David was on foot.

    They made their way down a hill and crossed the road to a petrol station, just minutes from their homes. There they asked an attendant for a packet of biscuits. The attendant then saw them walk away towards Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre.

    The time was 00:45 GMT. It was the last time they were seen alive.



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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Oh my gosh! What a late hour for two young boys to disappear? Have there ever been suspects?
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  3. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member

    Yeah a man named Brian Field

    When the case was reviewed in 2006, Field was named as a suspect. He was questioned by detectives and officers also dug up land he used as a dumping ground at Old Damson Lane in Solihull.

    But without evidence, they were unable to secure a confession.

    At the time Paddy and David went missing, Field was living only a few miles away in Solihull.

    Three years later he would be arrested for drink-driving in Chelmsley Wood. A DNA sample taken led to him being convicted of the 1968 rape and murder of Surrey schoolboy Roy Tutill.

    The former farm labourer had already served a prison sentence for kidnapping two boys in the 1980s. He remains the only person in British criminal history to have been convicted of such a crime, according to Prof Wilson.
  4. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member


    Lee O’Toole was just nine years old when his brother David Spencer went out to play with his friend Patrick Warren on Boxing Day 1996 and never returned.

    Now as the 20th anniversary of the boys’ disappearance nears, Lee is hoping someone will come forward with fresh information about what happened to his brother and friend that Christmas.

    Lee, now aged 29, and a father himself, still suffers nightmares about the day his brother David, then aged 13, disappeared from his home in Chelmsley Wood, with 11-year-old Patrick Warren.
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  5. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    And he is a Suspect in the death of a 14 YR old in 1984, Who was found "Hung". 1968, 1984 and 1996. Say He committed all of these murders. He had been in "Prison" for "Crimes against Children". But I doubt they were the ONLY 3! Too much time elapsed between "Crimes". Sure there is always a "Cooling off period" But I doubt for that long.

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