A man who police thought had died five years ago has miraculously turned up alive much to the shock of the police.
Police launched an investigation into Ricardas Puisys’ disappearance back in November 2015, initially believing that he had been murdered.
But amazingly, on July 1st this year, Puisys was found alive and well in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
Detective Chief Inspector Rob Hall couldn’t believe what had happened when Puisys turned up.
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.
At the time of his disappearance, many people were concerned for Puisys as they felt he was being exploited.
The last time he was seen alive and well (before his re-emergence), Puisys was seen leaving with a group of Lithuanian men – and, according to cops, there were genuine concerns for his safety.
DCI Hall continued:
There were genuine concerns Ricardas came to harm that evening.
He did not return to work on Monday, September 28, 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.
Police also confirmed that an investigation has opened into suspicions of exploitation.