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19.10.2004 Crime & Punishment

Boy Abducted 15 years-ago, Found

By Times

A young boy who was abducted 15 years ago in the West London suburb of Southall, has been found in Ghana by detectives from Interpol Ghana and Britain's Scotland Yard.

Following an intensive search, Ames Glover, who was five months old at the time of his abduction, was discovered in a boarding school in the Central Region.

At a news conference in Accra called to announce the breakthrough, Detective Chief Inspector David Ainscough, leader of the Scotland Yard team, displayed a picture taken at Kakum National Park, in Cape Coast, of a boy whom he said was believed to be Ames Glover.

Interpol officials disclosed to the Times that although all of the boy's physical features matched the information available, a specimen of his saliva has been taken to Britain for a DNA test to be carried out to confirm his identity.

On September 24, the British police offered a reward of 10,000 pounds sterling for information on Glovers whereabouts. However, no one will receive the reward, since the boy was found through the detectives' own investigations. Assistant Superintendent of Police Patience Quaye, of the Interpol office in Accra, told the Times that Ames Glover had been given a new name, which she declined to reveal “for security reasons.”

She said he lived with his new “mother” at Sekondi, in the Western Region, while his “father” was said to be in Japan. ASP Quaye said the team was unable to meet with the “mother”, because she was away from Sekondi at the time of their visit to her house. “No arrests have been made; the result of the DNA test is expected soon”, she said.

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