The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation this week announced a US$10,000 reward for information about Norman Lee, an artist who worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics who went missing in the waters off East End on March 5, 2015.
Mr. Lee, 47 at the time, was on vacation with his wife and a friend at the Wyndham Reef Resort when he went missing. Police at the time said he had been snorkeling with his wife about 250 yards off the beach. His wife told police that she and her husband became separated and she returned to shore, according to statements from police at the time.
Royal Cayman Islands Police Service spokeswoman Jacqueline Carpenter said the FBI offered to help with the investigation, which is still open 20 months after Mr. Lee’s disappearance.
“Missing persons’ investigations never really conclude,” she said, and the FBI reward is part of the assistance from U.S. authorities.
The FBI notice states, “The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the recovery of Norman Lee and/or the identification which leads to the conviction of those involved in his disappearance.”
MR. LEE, 47 AT THE TIME, WAS ON VACATION WITH HIS WIFE AND A FRIEND AT THE WYNDHAM REEF RESORT WHEN HE WENT MISSING.
The bulletin from the FBI notes, “[Mr.] Lee has no known medical conditions and was in good health at the time of his disappearance.”
Mr. Lee was last seen wearing white beach shorts, a clear snorkeling mask and black and blue fins.
The FBI became involved in the case last November. An FBI representative in Boston confirmed for the local Patriot Ledger newspaper that U.S. federal agents were working with Cayman police since at least late October 2015.
Cayman police called off the search three days after Mr. Lee disappeared. Police Chief Inspector Brad Ebanks said at the time, “The currents in that area are strong and it is unlikely that we will make any recovery at this stage.”
Mr. Lee worked as a comic book artist for 20 years with both Marvel and DC, helping to illustrate some of the most popular comic book heroes over the last two decades. While at Marvel, Mr. Lee worked on several popular series, including “Avengers” and “X-Men.”
Mr. Lee was an “inker,” meaning he would ink over the pencil lines, using black ink to create a sense of depth and perspective.
He lived with his wife Jan in Weymouth, Massachusetts, near Boston.