A missing farm worker feared to have been murdered four years ago has left detectives baffled after appearing to post selfies on Facebook.
Ricardas Puisys, from Wisbech, Cambs, was 35 when he went vanished from a leek farm on September 26, 2015.
His mysterious disappearance sparked a massive search and a police murder probe during which one man was arrested and later released.
Despite multiple public appeals, police have been unable to trace Ricardas and officers believed he may have been murdered.
However, a Facebook page with the man’s name and photos appeared online – and now police believe Lithuania-born Ricardas could be alive and well.
Pictures on the Facebook page are believed to be of Ricardas but it is not yet clear where or when they were taken.
The account has 69 friends – which consist of the man’s real friends and family.
Both family members and officers have tried to make contact with the person behind the account but they are yet to establish whether Ricardas is alive.
Detective Chief Inspector Adam Gallop, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “For the past four years Ricardas’ disappearance has been a complete mystery.
“My team have followed up a number of inquiries, however we still do not know what has happened to him.
“This investigation initially began as a missing person inquiry, however very early on it was clear to us there were no signs of life and we were concerned Ricardas had been murdered.
“Early on in the investigation we had information that Ricardas had come to some harm, as a consequence one person was arrested on suspicion of murder however there was insufficient evidence to charge.
“To this day we have not found his body, nor have we found any evidence telling us he is alive, that was until last summer.
“A Facebook account has been set up in his name and photographs of who we believe to be Ricardas have been posted.
“We have been trying to make contact with the person behind this account, but are yet to establish whether Ricardas is alive.
“Our inquiries inform us the Facebook page is being accessed and managed from somewhere in Wisbech but we have not yet been able to pinpoint an exact location.”
Members of the public, specifically the Lithuanian community in Wisbech, are being urged to contact police if they have any information whatsoever about Ricardas’ whereabouts, no matter how insignificant it may seem.
DCI Gallop added: “Whether Ricardas is alive or not, someone knows what has happened to him.
“Please do the right thing and come forward.”