FAM­ILY’S AN­GUISH

Plea: Hus­band ap­peals for in­for­ma­tion about miss­ing wife

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THROUGH tears, Michael Bryen, the hus­band of miss­ing Ox­ley Park mother Kather­ine Ack­ling-Bryen, has told The

Stan­dard how he and their two girls are cop­ing al­most five weeks since his wife van­ished.

Yes­ter­day, youngest Emma cel­e­brated her sixth birth­day with­out her mother.

And hope is fad­ing for her re­turn be­fore big sis­ter Caitlin turns nine next month.

“What the hell has hap­pened to you, Kather­ine?” Mr Bryen pleaded. “Even if you call your mum or some­one, if not me for what­ever rea­son, please call your chil­dren at least.”

FIGHT­ING back tears, Kather­ine Ack­ling-Bryen’s hus­band Michael Bryen has spo­ken of the an­guish he has faced ev­ery day since his wife went miss­ing al­most five weeks ago.

Yes­ter­day he sat down with The Stan­dard on what was their youngest daugh­ter Emma’s sixth birth­day.

“I’m do­ing the best I can. To­day is par­tic­u­larly tough,” Mr Bryen said.

“She (Emma) doesn’t un­der­stand this … and it’s our old­est daugh­ter’s (Caitlin) ninth birth­day soon too.

“I’ll ad­mit I’ve looked out the front of our house a cou­ple of times to­day hop­ing to see Kather­ine.”

Mr Bryen said ex­plain­ing to his daugh­ters why their mother was not home had been tough.

He said he had re­played ev­ery mo­ment lead­ing up to his wife’s dis­ap­pear­ance on Fe­bru­ary 19.

“I’ve been through ev­ery­thing and over ev­ery­thing a mil­lion times,” he said.

“She was just her nor­mal self, the days lead­ing up were nor­mal.”

Mr Bryen said he could not think of any rea­son his wife of six years and part­ner of 16 would choose not to come home.

“Things were great, th­ese are meant to be the best days of our lives,” he said. “She is our life, she is my life and I just can’t un­der­stand this. It just makes me sick.”

Mr Bryen said he last spoke to Kather­ine just be­fore 9am on the day she dis­ap­peared.

“Alarm bells rang when the school called me at about 3.20pm to say Kather­ine hadn’t picked the girls up,” Mr Bryen said.

“She was the most de­voted per­son … you couldn’t get near those chil­dren if she didn’t know you. Right away I knew it was odd.”

He said straight af­ter leav­ing the school he went home to find the doors locked.

“She had put din­ner on and had only left with the house keys, which was nor­mal when she was just go­ing to pick the girls up from school,” Mr Bryen said.

“That’s when I called the po­lice.”

Mr Bryen pleaded for Kather­ine or any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is urged to call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

She is our life, she is my life and I just can’t

un­der­stand this. It just makes me sick

MICHAEL BRYEN

Mother of two Kather­ine Ack­ling-Bryen was last seen (in­set) on Fe­bru­ary 19 at St Marys shop­ping cen­tre af­ter drop­ping off her two young daugh­ters at school.

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