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Mystery death of boy, 15, found upside down in snow as family hunt for answers

The family of a teenager who mysteriously died in the snow is desperate for answers.

Alfie Lawton, 15, was found lying upside down with his head at the bottom of a steep bank near railway lines.

He was discovered just before 7pm on February 8 in New Malden, south London on the coldest day of the year.

Emergency services tried to save him but he could not be revived, the Mirror reports.

His relatives believe witnesses might be able to help explain how he died at the Green Lane Recreation Ground.

A post-mortem found no drugs or visible signs of injury on his body, although police officers are waiting for full toxicology results.

His cousin Sacha said: “He was upside down in the snow on a bank.

“We were working on the basis that he had somehow fallen down the bank.

“We have heard now there is no clear sign of death, so he hasn’t fallen out of a tree.”

The teenager had told his mum Sarah he was going to meet friends several hours earlier.

It was the first time he had gone out in months, as his 84-year-old great-grandma he had been shielding with was in hospital with coronavirus.

His mum thought he should “go and get some fresh air”.

But she started to worry two hours after he went out, as he was not responding to her or his sister.

His relatives believe at least one of the people he’d met was with him when or just before he died.

The family has been able to rule out death by drugs and suicide.

Sacha added: “It was the coldest day of the year. When he was found a paramedic was overheard saying he was 22C.

“It was bitter. It was still snowing.”

His family has been completely rocked after losing the “very ambitious and clever” teenager, which has been intensified by the mystery of his death.

Sacha said: “He was just funny.

“He was the one that was going to turn the family into millionaires. His eye was firmly on the future and it was going to be bright.

“Everyone we have come across loved him.”

Sacha said there were “no visible signs of him being attacked” and he didn’t kill himself.

She added: “We think something medical has happened. We just want answers.”

There have not been any arrests and police officers are investigating the “unexplained” death.

Detective Inspector Andy Griffin said: “Alfie’s family, and their community of neighbours and friends are struggling with the grief of losing such a wonderful and vibrant young man.”

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