Missing ex-Royal Marine may have recently visited coastal pubs

By Stuart Stone

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Missing man: former Royal Marine Lee Fitzgerald, 47, was reported missing on 13 January
Missing man: former Royal Marine Lee Fitzgerald, 47, was reported missing on 13 January

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Suffolk Police and those co-ordinating the search for missing 47-year-old Lee Fitzgerald have suggested he may have very recently frequented pubs along the Norfolk and Suffolk coastline.

According to Suffolk Police’s website, 47-year-old former Royal Marine and father of two Lee Fitzgerald was reported missing at 1.35pm on Monday 13 January. 

He was said to have been dropped off by a friend at 8.55am on Thursday 9 January in Chapel Street in Diss, Norfolk. 

Police believe Fitzgerald then travelled by train from Diss to Norwich on the 9.36am service that same day before travelling towards Great Yarmouth on the 10.36am service.

He was wearing distinctive dark grey work trousers with black knee patches and a dark blue fleece with a grey hoodie underneath at the time of his disappearance. 

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According to those co-ordinating efforts to find Fitzgerald – described as 6ft 1in tall, of slim build, with receding brown hair by Suffolk Police – he may have visited pubs or other licensed premises in the Suffolk and Norfolk area from from Great Yarmouth down to Lowestoft very recently. 

However, website FindFitz.co.uk – created as a central homepage containing information on Fitzgerald – adds that he has he ability to travel anywhere.

Publicans in Suffolk and Norfolk have been encouraged to download a missing poster – available here​ – to display in their premises to raise awareness. 

According to FindFitz.co.uk: “Lee is a husband, a father to two young daughters and has a very close family and a large group of friends, who are incredibly concerned for him. 

“It may be that he just needs some time out to reflect on things, but we all want him to know that is fine, he is loved hugely and when he feels the time is right to come back that’s OK, but please make contact ASAP so that we know you are OK.”

Police would be interested to hear from anyone who may have seen a man matching Fitzgerald’s description at any campsites, guest houses or hotels in the coastal areas along the Suffolk and Norfolk border. 

Suffolk Police’s website states that, at this stage, they do not have reason to believe Fitzgerald has come to any harm by a third party but are keen to see him return home safely.

Anyone who believes they have seen Fitzgerald, or has any information regarding his whereabouts, is asked to contact Suffolk police on 101, quoting CAD reference 161 of 13 January.

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