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Appeal after body of missing 18-year-old from Dagenham recovered from River Thames

Kane Johnson was last seen getting on a bus on Longbridge Road

The family of a missing 18-year-old from Dagenham are appealing for help after his body was recovered from the River Thames. 

Police found Kane Johnson near Lambeth Bridge on Easter Sunday, 21 April. 

He had left his home in Dagenham on Wednesday, 10 April and was reported missing by his family. 

Officers discovered, through CCTV footage, Kane was seen outside Longbridge Food and Wine shop in Longbridge Road, Barking, before midnight on the night of his disappearance. 

A white man, wearing grey joggers with a black stripe, white T-shirt and black trainers, was seen talking to Kane at a bus stop. The male then left in the direction of Beacontree Avenue. 

Detectives believe Kane then boarded a Route N15 bus at 12.37am on Thursday, 11 April from the Bennetts Castle Lane bus stop in Longbridge Road. It was heading towards central London.

There is currently no indication how or why the 18-year-old ended up at Lambeth Bridge. 

A CCTV image of Kane Johnson walking in Longbridge Road

When he left home, Kane was wearing a black Ralph Lauren T-shirt, black Fila sweatshirt, black Tommy Hilfiger jacket, grey shorts, black Fila tracksuit bottoms and black Nike trainers with beige soles.

“There is nothing to indicate any suspicious circumstances contributed to Kane’s death, which following a post-mortem is being treated as unexplained,” said Detective Sergeant, Fiona Robinson. 

“However, we have blanks in our timeline between Kane being seen in the CCTV footage at Longbridge Road and his body being recovered. I believe that people may be able to help fill in those blanks, which would, at the very least, bring a measure of comfort to Kane’s family.

“I am keen to identify the male Kane was talking to at the bus stop outside Longbridge Food and Wine on Wednesday, 10 April, but also anyone else who may have seen or spoken to him on that day and at any other point between then and Sunday, 21 April.”

His family is appealing for any information that might help.

In a statement, they said: “We are completely devastated and broken by the loss of Kane.

“His last confirmed sighting was at Robin Hood, Dagenham and it is believed he got on an N15 bus towards London. Those are Kane’s last known movements.

“We would like any information about Kane between 10th and 21st April no matter how insignificant it may seem. It may help us find out what happened to him, and give some closure to our family.

“If you are the male, or saw the male who was talking to Kane in the CCTV footage in Longbridge Road on 10 April, or have any information about Kane during the time he was missing, please contact Detective Sergeant Robinson on 07741 686 981 or email: Fiona.Robinson@met.police.uk.”

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