THE sister of a toddler missing for more than 35 years has urged anyone holding the ‘secret’ to her disappearance to speak out to police.
Natasha Lee, 42, spoke to The News after investigators probing Katrice Lee’s disappearance released an e-fit in a bid to find a man seen near where she vanished in 1981.
Katrice was just two when she disappeared from a Naafi shop on her birthday on November 28 in Paderborn, West Germany.
Now the Royal Military Police hope to find the man after a witness said they saw him carrying a child into a green saloon car at around the same time Katrice disappeared.
Speaking to The News, Natasha, of Gosport, said: ‘Someone is keeping a secret, someone knows what happened to her.
‘Nobody disappears off the face of the earth.’
Natasha said the release of the e-fit was significant in the investigation.
She said: ‘For me it’s significant – I do try not to get my hopes up.’
She added: ‘I’m getting married next year, one thing is to have an answer, and to have Katrice at my wedding day would be fantastic.
‘We haven’t shared anything else together.
‘For me to have that with her would be fab.
‘I hope that Katrice is living somewhere, I hope that she is very, very happy and I hope that if we were to find her that she would want to meet us.
‘But I know there’s that possibility where she says “no I’m not interested” – but at least I would know where she is.’
Natasha and Katrice’s mother Sharon, also of Gosport, have long campaigned to see the original police files.
Natasha said she ‘struggled’ with the case appearing on Crimewatch on Monday night, as the show focused on child abuse.
‘I know there’s three options; she’s alive, living a happy life; been abducted and murdered; and maybe abducted, alive and has been abused,’ Natasha said.
‘There’s all those things that are possible.
‘I have to park some of them in a box because otherwise it’s too much to live with every day.
Asked if the e-fit was new or found during the re-investigation, an RMP spokesman said: ‘This is a newly identified line of inquiry as a result of analysing approximately 11,000 documents including eye witness statements.’
He added: ‘The RMP is carefully re-assessing all evidence in relation to the disappearance of Katrice Lee in conjunction with new evidence received and during that process this piece of evidence was deemed useful to the investigation so the RMP are duly appealing for fresh information from it.’