Breakthrough in search for Katrice Lee as police launch manhunt

Royal Military Police want to hear from anyone who saw this man at the time Katrice Lee vanished in 1981. Picture: BBC
Royal Military Police want to hear from anyone who saw this man at the time Katrice Lee vanished in 1981. Picture: BBC
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This man is wanted by police investigating the 1981 disappearance of toddler Katrice Lee.

Royal Military Police have revealed an eyewitness saw this man carrying a small child into a green saloon vehicle at the time of her disappearance.

Katrice Lee vanished on her second birthday from a Naafi shop in Paderborn, Germany, on November 28, 1981.

Her father Richard Lee was stationed there with the British Army.

Katirce’s mother Sharon and sister Natasha, both of Gosport, have both previously told of their anguish to find the toddler.

'Today I could be sitting here being a grandmother and I know nothing about that,' Sharon said speaking on Crimewatch tonight.

Katrice Lee

Katrice Lee

'I've missed my daughter growing up, I've missed her teenage years.

'On Mother's Day I'm always a card short.'

A fresh probe was launched in 2012 with the Royal Military Police’s Operation Bute making a fresh appeal tonight.

The revelation was broadcast on BBC One’s Crimewatch.

Katrice Lee's Gosport family, sister Natasha and mother Sharon. Picture: PA

Katrice Lee's Gosport family, sister Natasha and mother Sharon. Picture: PA

Anyone with information can contact Missing People on 116000 quoting 00-001489.

Call Op Bute investigators on 0800 616888.