Cambridgeshire Police launched a murder investigation in 2015 after Ricardas Puisys, who was 35 at the time, was not seen for several weeks
A man who had been feared by police to have been murdered has been found alive nearly five years after he was presumed dead.
Ricardas Puisys, who was 35 years old at the time that he went missing, was found in the Cambridgeshire town of Wisbech on the 1st of July this year.
Officers had launched a murder investigation back in November of 2015 after Mr Puisys, who is a Lithuanian man, had not been seen for several weeks.
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Detective Chief Inspector Rob Hall from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “For almost five years Ricardas’ disappearance has been a complete mystery.”
“That was until we received information at the end of June which led us to finding him.”
Concerns about Mr Puisys’ whereabouts were initially raised in late August of 2015 when Cambridgeshire police were told that he was being exploited and had relocated to a new address within the town Wisbech.
Mr Puisys was working at the Nightlayer Leek Company, which is a food production firm located in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire.
The last confirmed sighting of the man before he went missing was on Saturday the 26th of September 2015.
Police said that he was believed to be in the company of a small group of other Lithuanian men later that evening before he then disappeared.
Police officers have now launched an official investigation into the potential exploitation that Mr Puisys was a victim of.
DCI Hall said: “There were genuine concerns Ricardas came to harm that evening. He did not return to work on Monday, 28 September, 2015 as expected, but we now believe Ricardas made the decision to run away as he had been a victim of crime, having previously been subject to exploitation.”
“A team of investigators worked tirelessly following up a number of inquiries, none leading to the discovery of Ricardas. That was until we received information that Ricardas may have been alive and still in the Wisbech area.”
“Following a search of wooded area in Harecroft Road, Ricardas was eventually found living in undergrowth, very well concealed after having deliberately hidden and having not spoken with anyone for some time.”
“We made the decision not to publicly announce we had found Ricardas alive until now in order to protect him and put safeguarding measures in place.”
“He is safe and we are working very closely with him to ensure he remains safe, but also to ensure he gets the support he needs after having lived through extremely difficult circumstances during the last five or more years.”
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