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'No body murder' mystery to feature in television documentary

The mystery of a man who was reportedly seen alive in the Lynn area, despite detectives believing he had been murdered, is set to feature in a television documentary tonight.

Ricardas Puisys was found alive last summer, almost five years after he disappeared from his home in Wisbech.

Now the case is set to be featured in the latest episode of the Channel 4 series 24 Hours In Police Custody.

Ricardas Puisys - 2019 2. (45750799)
Ricardas Puisys - 2019 2. (45750799)

Ricardas, who was 35 at the time, went missing in September 2015 and a murder investigation was launched later that year.

Supt Adam Gallop, who led that inquiry, said: “While I always hoped we would find Ricardas alive all the evidence led us to believe it was highly unlikely.

“Given the fact no one had seen or heard from him our searches were focused on looking for his body and those responsible for his death.

Ricardas Puisys - 2019 1. (45750797)
Ricardas Puisys - 2019 1. (45750797)

“He had literally vanished and no one ever saw him again.”

But, three years into the inquiry, officers discovered a new Facebook page had been set up by someone claiming to be Ricardas.

In late 2019, a fresh appeal for information was issued, leading to reported sightings in the Lynn and Wisbech areas.

He was eventually found last July, although the news wasn’t revealed until several weeks later because of safeguarding issues relating to what police describe as the “dark and dangerous world of modern slavery”.

Supt Gallop added: ““This was one of the most unusual cases I have ever led. We had strong evidence to suggest Ricardas had been murdered and there was no trace of him after September 2015.

“When we found the Facebook page it gave us hope but it still took time and a great deal of good detective work to discover the truth behind Ricardas disappearance and finally locate him.”

The episode of 24 Hours In Police Custody is due to be broadcast tonight at 9pm.

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