The search for New England native comic book writer Norman Lee who was reported as missing last Thursday (March 5th) while snorkeling in the Cayman Islands has ended. Lee was in the Caymen Islands vacationing with his wife. They were snorkeling when he went missing. According to a report from WHDH 7 News, Cayman officials have called off the search for Lee, noting that it is “unlikely that we will make any recovery at this stage.” The report noted that Lee’s wife has been found alive.
In a report earlier this weekend from Fox News, police stated that “Lee was last seen about 250 yards from the coast while still snorkeling”. The Cayman Islands are part of the Caribbean islands and sit above Jamaica. Snorkeling is a common activity for visitors of the Cayman Islands. According to a popular Cayman Islands website, Snorkeling in the waters of the Cayman Islands is an activity suitable for all ages (with the help of trained instructors) as the waters are typically calm and allow for optimal visibility. However, a WCVB report notes that the area where Lee was last seen snorkeling are known for strong currents, making it impossible to know if his body will be recovered.
Lee has been working in comic book illustration for years. Lee has inked a sizable amount of comics over the years, working on Marvel titles such as X-Men, Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man, Avengers and more. With DC Comics, Lee has worked on He-Man, Supergirl and others.
Fans have taken to social media to express their concerns for Lee and share hopes that the search for Lee will be resumed. The hashtag #NormanLee has been circulating on Twitter regarding Lee’s disappearance.
Lee is a native of Weymouth Massachusetts, a coastal town that sits a short drive outside of Boston. Lee attended the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and has been working in comic books since the late 1990s.
Everyone here at Word of the Nerd is keeping Norman Lee and his family in our thoughts. We sincerely hope that Norman can be located safely and reunited with his family.