MISS­ING PER­SONS WEEK

Call for new in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to dis­ap­pear­ance of Kather­ine Ack­ling-Bryen

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Elisha Pearce

NSW Po­lice’s Miss­ing Per­sons Week cam­paign comes 167 days af­ter Kather­ine Ack­ling-Bryen went miss­ing from Oxley Park.

The mother of two and wife of Michael Bryen went miss­ing on Fe­bru­ary 19 and has not been seen since.

On that morn­ing Mrs Ack­ling-Bryen, 37, walked her daugh­ters, aged five and eight, to Oxley Park Pub­lic School. She then re­turned to the school at 10.30am to drop off some­thing to one of her daugh­ters.

Se­cu­rity footage con­firmed Mrs Ack­ling-Bryen went to St Marys Shop­ping Village that af­ter­noon and po­lice found items at her house that she’d bought, in­di­cat­ing she’d made it home af­ter cam­eras spot­ted her walk­ing to­wards Queen St.

Mrs Ack­ling-Bryen has not been seen or heard from since.

The baf­fling dis­ap­pear­ance is just one of the many cases be­ing re­vis­ited dur­ing Miss­ing Per­sons Week.

Mr Bryen said in May the time since his wife dis­ap­peared was the tough­est of his life.

He said a strong fam­ily and friend net­work and an un­der­stand­ing work­place were help­ing hold the fam­ily to­gether.

St Marys In­spec­tor Barry Vin­cent told The Stan­dard po­lice would like to see car cam­era footage of any­one who was driv­ing in the area.

“We are par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in any­one who may have dash­cam footage to show us Kather­ine’s move­ments in the af­ter­noon she went miss­ing,” Insp Vin­cent said.

The theme of this year’s Miss­ing Per­sons cam­paign is urg­ing peo­ple to stay con­nected and to re­mem­ber that “miss­ing per­sons leave frayed edges”.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Peter Bar­rie said the cam­paign aimed to re­mind peo­ple of the im­por­tance of stay­ing con­nected with fam­ily and friends.

“The ef­fect of miss­ing per­sons on the whole com­mu­nity … can be both pro­found and mul­ti­fac­eted,” Mr Bar­rie said.

“Re­search re­veals that for ev­ery miss­ing per­son re­ported to po­lice, at least 12 other peo­ple are af­fected, whether it’s emo­tion­ally, phys­i­cally, psy­cho­log­i­cally or fi­nan­cially.”

Kather­ine Ack­lingBryen has been miss­ing since Fe­bru­ary 19. in­set, her last known sight­ing on CCTV and po­lice ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion on her where­abouts..

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