Missing Katrice Lee family dismiss serial killer claims

The sister of a Hartlepool girl who vanished nearly 35 years ago has hit out over a supposed link to a convicted killer.

Tuesday, 17th May 2016, 3:56 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th May 2016, 5:01 pm
Katrice Lee

Natasha Lee, 41, of Gosport, near Portsmouth, told of her anger and turmoil after an ex-detective said her sister Katrice Lee could have been killed by serial killer Robert Black.

Katrice was two when she disappeared from a Naafi in Paderborn, Germany, on November 27, 1981 when her dad Richie Lee, from Hartlepool, was serving as a Sergeant Major with the British Army.

Black was serving 12 life terms for raping and murdering four young girls when he died earlier this year aged 68.

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Now Chris Clark, a former detective, has alleged travel receipts held by Devon and Cornwall police could reveal whether he was in Paderborn.

Natasha told the Mail's sister paper The News in Portsmouth: "I’m in a bit of turmoil at the moment and very angry. My understanding is that Black was investigated by the Royal Military Police and he was not in Germany or in Paderborn at the time.

"However, why is this info only coming forward now?

"Why is it that the police force has not shared this information with the RMP?

"I have to say this is not the RMP’s error.

"I am concerned the other police force have not shared this information if it is true."

Last month the RMP re-investigation into Katrice’s disappearance was criticised by Natasha and Richie.

A Ministry of Defence told The Mirror: ‘The Royal Military Police are following a number of lines of inquiry and it would be inappropriate to comment further while these efforts continue.’

Mr Clark, who is writing a book on Black’s crimes, said: "There’s a possibility she was snatched by Black."