A FAMILY’S campaign to find a long-lost toddler has received a boost with support from the Missing People charity.
Photos and the story of Katrice Lee will feature in a T-shirt campaign to mark International Missing Children’s Day on May 25.
Katrice went missing from a supermarket in Paderborn in Germany on her birthday on November 28, 1981 aged two.
Her mother Sharon and sister Natasha now live in Gosport and met the parents of missing Madeleine McCann at the event in 2009.
Natasha said she was pleased when she was told Katrice had been chosen to be featured in the campaign again.
She said: ‘A few years ago Katrice was featured on it, as they have different types of abductions that are featured.
‘It is great that she is getting more publicity, so it’s a really positive move for us.
‘Somebody somewhere might see that photo and think “Oh my God, I know who that is,” or they may think they are her.
‘It’s just about getting Katrice’s profile out there the whole time.’
Natasha added the charity plans to use two photographs of her sister, one of the toddler taken of her aged two and an age progression mock-up made by the Royal Military Police.
Similar to the mock-up above, which shows Katrice aged 28, the latest image will show her at 33.
Natasha said she had spoken before on International Missing Children’s Day about the impact her sister’s disappearance had on her.
‘It was waking up and going from having everything to then having nothing,’ she said.
‘This could be the campaign that brings Katrice home, so for me it is just one step forward all the time.’
It comes as the family, including Katrice’s Hartlepool-based father Richard, are getting back on track with the search after a woman was convicted of harassing both Sharon and Natasha.
Donna Wright, 33, of Spennymoor in County Durham, was given a 12-week suspended sentence for 18 months with supervision, and ordered to pay £200 to both Natasha and Sharon.
She had sent a number of Facebook messages to the pair and claimed to be Katrice, despite DNA tests proving this to be false.
Natasha added: ‘From now on it’s just really positive, the energy is being put in the right place.
‘From what we’ve just been through recently and with that now concluded, to have this is very positive.’