Prime minister willing to meet Gosport family of missing girl

Katrice Lee
Katrice Lee
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PRIME minister David Cameron has said he will meet with the family of a girl who vanished more than 30 years ago.

Mr Cameron is willing to meet with Katrice Lee’s Gosport family after an investigation into her disappearance has finished.

Katrice went missing in a supermarket in Paderborn, West Germany, in 1981, on her second birthday.

Mr Cameron, speaking to a BBC radio station, said: ‘If they want to meet me I’m always happy to meet with families.

‘It may be better to meet after the investigation has been completed because I don’t want to speculate really on what the investigation is doing and when it might finish.’

Katrice’s sister Natasha, who lives in Gosport, has welcomed the news.

She said: ‘We want the case files from 1981. We want him to step up to the mark.

‘He has supported other higher-profile missing people.

‘We should all be treated the same one missing child is no different to the next.

‘I believe had the 1981 case be conducted correctly we may have had Katrice back.’

As reported, the Royal Military Police is currently re-investigating the disappearance.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage said the investigation was due to conclude last summer.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘In one sense the investigation has dragged on much too long.

‘But of course on the other hand, it’s absolutely vital that an inquiry of this nature, with such long timescales involved and all the challenges that brings, must be able to run its course without being curtailed.

‘I’ve kept in touch with Katrice’s mother Sharon and her sister throughout.’

Ms Dinenage raised the matter in the House of Commons in 2012.