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Katrice Lee is a British person who has been missing since 28 November 1981. She was last seen, when she was aged two, in Paderborn, West Germany.
Katrice Lee Biography
Katrice Lee was born 28 November 1979, at the British Military Hospital in Rinteln, West Germany. Her father, Richard Lee, was a sergeant major in the 15th/19th The King’s Royal Hussars of the British Army stationed in West Germany, along with her mother Sharon and her elder sister Natasha, who lived in the Schloß Neuhaus area of Paderborn.
A MAN arrested over the disappearance of Brit toddler Katrice Lee who vanished 37 years ago has been released without charge.
Katrice Lee Case Recent Updates
Military police yesterday detained a suspect in Swindon, Wilts, over the disappearance of the two-year-old girl in 1981. An ex-serviceman arrested over the disappearance of Brit toddler Katrice Lee 38 years ago has been released without charge.
BREAKING: Royal Military Police have made an arrest in connection with the disappearance of Brit toddler Katrice Lee, the Hartlepool toddler who vanished in Germany in 1981.
— ITV News Tyne Tees (@itvtynetees) September 24, 2019
Katrice Lee Disappearance
On 28 November 1981, Katrice’s second birthday, the family decided to go to the nearby NAAFI shopping complex in Schloß Neuhaus to buy things for her birthday party. Katrice’s elder sister Natasha decided that she did not want to go shopping, while her aunt Wendy and Uncle Cliff, who also worked for the British Army, had come over from Bielefeld for the birthday party. Wendy went to the NAAFI complex with Katrice and her parents while Cliff stayed at home with Natasha. Ritchie Lee drove them to the NAAFI and waited for them in the car-park. The day was the last payday before Christmas, so the NAAFI complex was exceptionally busy. Katrice decided she did not want to ride in the shopping cart, so she was carried around the supermarket by her mother Sharon, who placed her down at the checkout. Sharon briefly left the checkout before returning to find Katrice was nowhere to be seen. Her aunt Wendy thought Katrice had followed her mother down the aisle, but she had vanished.
Katrice Lee Physical Appearance
Katrice had curly light brown hair, brown eyes, a pink birthmark slightly to the right of the base of her spine which looked like a rash, and strabismus in her left eye. At the time of her disappearance she was wearing red Wellington boots, a turquoise duffel coat, a green and blue tartan pinafore dress with frills around the shoulders, a white blouse underneath, and white tights. Despite spending her life in Germany, Katrice could only speak English.
Investigation In Brit toddler Katrice Lee Case
The military police were effectively in charge but had to negotiate with the German civil police because the NAAFI building was within a German town, not on military premises. Both the military and German police believed Katrice had fallen into the nearby River Lippe and drowned, but nobody was ever discovered. The German police refused to go to the press, and it was six weeks before an item appeared in the local newspaper. The investigation produced the little result, and despite dredging the river and conducting house-to-house inquiries, no trace of Katrice was found.
Katrice Lee Case with the Help of Computer Technology
Police re-opened the case in 2000 after computer technology helped them to form an image of how she could look now. People came forward who had never been interviewed, including a young man who had been standing behind the Lees at the checkout, and one of the checkout ladies. One woman also came forward to say that her boyfriend at the time, who was in the same regiment as Katrice’s father, had confessed to murdering a child. The man now lived in Northumbria, and the military police interviewed him but he denied it, and the woman who gave the details died soon after, therefore ending the lead. Afterward, the military police told the family they thought he was probably a fantasist.
BBC television show Missing Live Brit toddler Katrice Lee
Three possible sightings of Katrice Lee came after her story appeared on the BBC television show Missing Live, where during the show a digital rendering of the potential appearance of Katrice as a 29-year-old was shown. Natasha Lee, Katrice’s elder sister, appeared on Crimewatch to highlight the appeal, after which an anonymous woman phoned and left a message on Richard Lee’s answer machine, saying to “look for your daughter in France”. The police took the answer machine tape away, but there was nothing more to the investigation. Major Kevin Bell-Walker, who was leading the inquiry, said: “With the advances in crime detection like search techniques, forensic archaeology, and DNA profiling, it does suggest the case can be progressed after all this time”.
One line of inquiry Katrice was intentionally abducted from the NAAFI complex
One line of inquiry followed by the police is that Katrice was intentionally abducted from the NAAFI complex and has possibly been raised by another family in Germany, the United Kingdom, or elsewhere in Europe, unaware of her true identity. Lee was born with a distinctive condition in her left eye which would have required two medical operations to correct, they were appealing for medical personnel with knowledge of such operations to come forward if they had operated on a child.
Brit toddler Katrice Lee Case Is not Ceased Yet
In April 2018, it was announced that the British Military police, in conjunction with the German police, would spend five weeks undertaking a forensic search on the banks of the Alme river. The search did not uncover any new information. However, in September 2019, a man living in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, was arrested in connection with Katrice Lee disappearance.
Katrice Lee: this is now day 3 of a military police search in a #Swindon back garden, two days after a local man was arrested in connection with the toddler’s 1981 disappearance. #Wiltshire pic.twitter.com/9WnMd90yRQ
— Caron Bell (@CaronBellITV) September 25, 2019