MISSING PERSONS WEEK
Call for new information relating to disappearance of Katherine Ackling-Bryen
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..