A Lithuanian man at the centre of a murder investigation in Britain has been found alive after he went missing nearly five years ago.
Ricardas Puisys was last seen on Sept. 15, 2015 working his shift at a food production company in Chatteris, England.
He was discovered living in a heavily wooded area some 27 km away from his place of employment.
The Cambridgeshire Constabulary said Puisys was found on July 1 near the town of Wisbech.
In order “to protect him and put safeguarding measures in place,’’ authorities waited until now to reveal his whereabouts.
Puisys was living in a dense undergrowth and had been “very well concealed” after “having not spoken with anyone for some time,” according to police.
“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,” Detective Chief Inspector Rob Hall of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said in a statement.
“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.”
Authorities said initial concerns for Puisys’ safety were raised a month before his disappearance “when it was suggested to police he was being exploited and had moved addresses within Wisbech.”
Puisys was believed to be in the company of small group of Lithuanian men after he was last seen reporting to work, according to police.