Family marks the day toddler disappeared

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THE sister of a toddler who went missing 32 years ago was today due to mark the occasion by letting off balloons.

As reported, Katrice Lee was just two years old in 1981 when she went missing on her birthday from a supermarket in Paderborn, Germany, where her dad was stationed with the British Army.

Katrice’s sister Natasha Lee, 39, of Gosport, and her mum Sharon, were today due to launch the balloons in Stokes Bay, Gosport, on her birthday and 32nd anniversary of her disappearance.

Natasha said: ‘I’ve actually spent longer apart than I have with her.

‘I don’t know why it has dawned on me, but it has and it’s quite hard.

‘It is (difficult) at times but things going on with family and friends is really positive.’

Natasha praised staff working on a new Royal Military Police investigation into Katrice.

But she renewed her family’s plea for access to files from the original investigation.

It comes after Brigadier Bill Warren, Provost Marshal Army, of the RMP, apologised in December last year for mistakes made in the 1981 case.

Natasha said: ‘There were massive failings when Katrice went missing.

‘I and my parents will still continue to fight to get the files and for our public apology.’

As reported, the family were blighted after being harassed by a woman initially pretending to be Katrice.