Plea: Husband appeals for information about missing wife
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
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.