Case of missing toddler Katrice Lee to be reviewed

Katrice Lee. Photo: PA
Katrice Lee. Photo: PA
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THE GOVERNMENT will review the case of a toddler who disappeared 36 years ago.

Katrice Lee went missing from a Naafi supermarket at a Paderborn military base in Germany in 1981, on her second birthday.

The toddler – whose mother Sharon is from Gosport – had been stationed at the base with her family.

While appeals launched following her disappearance have failed to find her, the government has agreed to review the case of the Hartlepool-born child.

Responding to a question from Hartlepool MP Mike Hill in the House of Commons, defence secretary Gavin Williamson said he was ‘happy’ to sanction a review into the case.

A re-investigation of the case, called Operation Bute, is being carried out by Royal Military Police.

Katrice went missing on November 28, 1981 while out shopping with Sharon.