You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Katrice Lee: Military Police probed over Brit toddler who vanished in Germany in 1981

Mirror logo Mirror 08/01/2019 Matthew Young
Katrice Lee Katrice Lee

The Royal Military Police is being investigated over its handling of the disappearance of a British toddler in Germany in 1981.

The RMP admitted last year it made mistakes when Katrice Lee, then two, disappeared from a forces supermarket in Schloss Neuhaus, but would not elaborate.

Her dad Richard, who was a sergeant major in the Army nearby at the time, said the investigation into what the errors were is at “a sensitive stage”.

Download the all-new Microsoft News app to receive up-to-the minute news from the world’s best sources – available now on iOS and Android

He has engaged John Cooper QC and has been to meet his MP Mike Hill at Westminster.

Katrice was in the supermarket with her mum Sharon and aunt Wendy as Mr Lee parked the car. He walked in to find now ex-wife Sharon sobbing and Katrice gone.

Katrice Lee Katrice Lee

He said: “John asked me why it had taken 48 hours for the RMP to get the search dogs out when Katrice first vanished. And he asked why it took six weeks for three supermarket cashiers to be interviewed.”

He says the scene was contaminated by the time dogs arrived.

Katrice with grandfather Andrew Katrice with grandfather Andrew

Mr Lee, of Hartlepool, Co Durham, also said Katrice had a rare eye condition which was not “pushed enough” publicly.

He said he “washed his hands” of the force after it revealed bones excavated in the search for Katrice in Paderborn, Germany, were a horse’s on social media last year before telling him.

The RMP said it apologised but could not comment further.


More from The Mirror

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon