A farm worker, 40, who was feared to have been murdered five years ago has been found alive living in Cambridgeshire woods.
Police launched a murder investigation in November 2015 after believing Ricardas Puisys, then 35, was a victim of modern slavery.
Ricardas Puisys, who is from Lithuania, made what police described as a ‘very well concealed’ home for himself in deep undergrowth off a residential street in Wisbech.
The 40-year-old had gone missing in September 2015 from his work at a leek farm 20 miles away in Chatteris with detectives fearing he had been murdered.
Concerns for his safety had been raised the previous month when it was suggested he was being exploited, and a murder investigation was launched in November 2015.
A 31-year-old man from Wisbech was arrested in December 2015 on suspicion of murder and taken into custody, but later released with no further action.
According to police, they only just revealed Ricardas is still alive on Sunday 2nd of August, 2020, in order to ensure the family that he is safe.
DCI Hall said: “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.”
The police are now investigating the potential exploitation of Ricardas.