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Mass. Comic Book Artist Goes Missing While Snorkeling in Cayman Islands

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    Massachusetts Man Goes Missing in Cayman Islands

    Police in the Cayman Islands searched on Saturday for a popular Marvel and DC Comics artist from Weymouth, Massachusetts, who disappeared while snorkeling with his wife. (Published Saturday, March 7, 2015)

    A Massachusetts man and noted comic book artist went missing while snorkeling with his wife in the Cayman Islands during a vacation.

    According to police in the Grand Cayman, Norman Lee of Weymouth was snorkeling with his wife, Jan, when he vanished Thursday morning.

    Journalist Joe Avary with Cayman 27 tells NECN authorities have stopped their active search and that Jan has now left the island. Boaters have been advised to keep an eye out on the waters.

    Lee, 47, is well known in the comic book world and works primarily as an inker. He has worked on such publications as "The Avengers" and "X-Men."

    "He's worked on some of the best stuff in the country, on some of the best artists," said Mike Alexandropoulos, a friend of Lee. "Great person, fantastic friend."

    Investigators in Grand Cayman say Jan made it back to the beach, but Norman did not.

    Volunteer divers have been searching in strong currents near the Reef Resort hotel, but so far, they have turned up no sign.

    Much of Lee's art can be seen inside comic books on sale at comic book shops everywhere.

    "He's contributed quite a bit," said Jake Johnston, who works at The Hall of Comics in Southborough.

    Lee's agent, Bob Shaw, tells NECN he believes this was Lee's first vacation in 10 years.

    Avary says Jan has given her final statement to police and has left the island.