British police are investigating the man who claimed to be offering a 77 million yen reward in last year’s search for hostess Lucie Blackman on suspicion of fraud.

Tim Blackman, the father of 21-year-old Lucie, said Essex County Constabulary contacted him earlier this year to inquire whether the man had offered his services as a “middle-man” in an effort to track down Lucie immediately after her disappearance on July 1, 2000.

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