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Donna Wright charged with harrassing Gosport family of missing Katrice Lee
11:21am Wednesday 2nd January 2013 in Crime
A woman has been charged with harassing the family of a toddler who went missing more than 30 years ago.
Donna Wright, 33, from Hillside Court, Spennymoor, County Durham, is alleged to have used Facebook to send messages to Katrice Lee's family.
The little girl went missing on her second birthday in 1981 from a shop near a British army base in Paderborn, Germany.
Katrice's mother Sharon, from Gosport, and father Richard Lee, from Hartlepool, believe she was snatched and may still be alive.
Wright was not at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court for a brief hearing and the case was adjourned until January 16.
She is charged under the Protection from Harassment Act, and it is said that between December 2011 and November 2012 she ''pursued a course of conduct which amounted to the harassment'' by sending ''numerous emails and Facebook postings to the victims''.
She remained on bail on the condition that she does not make contact with Katrice's family, look at the missing girl's Facebook page or contact the page's administrators.
Katrice's disappearance is being reinvestigated.
Her family was out shopping for party food at a NAAFI store in Schloss Neuhaus, near the British army base where her father was a sergeant, when she vanished.
An image of how Katrice could look now, aged 33, has been created by a charity which helps find missing people.