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NSW KATHERINE ACKLING-BRYEN: Missing from St. Marys, NSW - 19 Feb 2016 - Age 37

Discussion in 'Australia: Missing & Unidentified' started by MarlyWings, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    NSW Police Force

    February 22 at 7:14pm

    Police in Sydney’s west are seeking public assistance to locate a woman missing from St Marys for four days.

    Katherine Ackling-Bryen, 37, was last seen dropping her two children at school, before attending a shopping centre on Charles Hackett Street at 11.30am last Friday (19 February 2016).

    It appears Ms Ackling-Bryen returned to her home on Great Western Highway, St Marys, and left again between 1pm and 3pm.

    Police from St Marys Local Area Command and Ms Ackling-Bryen’s family hold concerns for her wellbeing.

    Police are now appealing for public help to locate Ms Ackling-Bryen, who is describes as Caucasian, medium height, medium build with brown hair and hazel eyes.

    She was last seen wearing a grey top, black tracksuit pants, light blue hat, and sunglasses.

    A photo of Ms Ackling-Bryen has been released publicly in an attempt to locate her.



    Anyone who sees Ms Ackling-Bryen or knows her current whereabouts is urged to contact St Marys Police Station on 02 9677 7499.

    Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online


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  2. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    This is being kept on the down low Marly, cant find much new.
  3. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    I think someone out there hears you Missy!

    No clues or suspects as Oxley Park mum Katherine Ackling-Bryen vanishes

    March 2, 2016 9:22am

    • 8.45am Walks her daughters, aged 5 and 8, to Oxley Park Public School
    • 10.30am Returns to the school to drop of some items for one of her daughters
    • 11.22am Security footage at St Marys Village shopping centre captures Mrs Ackling-Bryen entering Target and shopping for children’s clothing — it is believed she arrived at the centre by bus
    • 12.17pm Security footage at the shopping centre shows her leaving, police believed she walked towards Queen St
    • 3.30pm Her husband files a missing person’s report with St Marys Police when she fails to pick their daughters up from school
    ST MARYS police have released key details about missing Oxley Park mum Katherine Ackling-Bryen and CCTV footage of her last known movements in the hope it will help solve the baffling disappearance.

    It has been 12 days since the 37-year-old was last seen or heard from.

    Detectives hope releasing more details might encourage anyone with information to come forward.

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

    “We believe she did make it home as the items she purchased from Target were inside her home still in the shopping bags,” Det-Insp Vincent said.

    He also confirmed Mrs Ackling-Bryen’s mobile phone and purse were found in her locked home.

    Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to make a confidential report log on at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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  4. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

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  5. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    The above is the most recent report....this one is from back on 23rd Feb....

    Husband pleads for help to find his wife Katherine Ackling-Bryen who vanished before school pick-up

    February 23, 2016 3:56pm

    Police released a statement today about Mrs Acking-Bryen’s last known movements.

    “Katherine Ackling-Bryen, 37, was last seen dropping her two children at school, before attending a shopping centre on Charles Hackett St at 11.30am last Friday,” the police said.

    “It appears Ms Ackling-Bryen returned to her home on Great Western Highway, St Marys, and left again between 1pm and 3pm.

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  6. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    How do police know she left again between those hours?? Was she sighted leaving??

    Perhaps she left closer to 3pm intending to pick the girls up from school??
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  7. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    Could she have meant to collect the kids earlier than usual? The husband filed the missing persons report at 330pm, normal bell doesn't even go till after 3pm.
    It would take a while to even realise she wasn't there for pickup time with the usual after school chaos.
    Any stray students will then be swept back into a supervised area when office staff do the call outs.
    Maybe school was expecting her to pick them up between 1 and 3pm for a prearranged appointment or something?
    I'm basing this on government school procedures, the children may be at alternative education or private? (may have different timeframes and procedures in place for collection of students)
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  8. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  9. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Yeah filing a missing report that early seems a tad odd. Although I think if she was to pick her girls up prior to school's normal finish time, police would have mentioned it seeing as quite a lot of details were released yesterday.

    The reports state her purse and mobile phone were inside the locked house.

    I wonder if her house keys were inside as well or if they're missing.
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  10. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Police renew appeal to help find missing Sydney mother Katherine Ackling-Bryen

    Updated about 3 hours ago

    Police have renewed their appeal for the public's help to find a missing woman who was last seen nearly two weeks ago at St Marys, in Sydney's west.

    It is believed Ms Ackling-Bryen returned to her home on the Great Western Highway at St Marys, and left again between 12:30pm and 3:00pm.

    They have called for anyone that has any information about her whereabouts to contact St Marys Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to make a confidential report log on at

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  11. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    According to latest report the time she possibly left the house is now a 1/2hr earlier....

    Between 12:30pm and 3:00pm
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  12. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    I also love that in the background of the photos of Katherine all of the kids art works are on display, proud mummy :(
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  13. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Two weeks today since she went missing.

    Come home Katherine, your babies need you!

    The girls would have been only a few weeks into the start of new school year, with all the excitement that brings.

    So many questions about this case but won't know the answers until/unless police release further details.
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  14. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    The reports state Katherine's home is on Great Western Highway at St Marys which seems to be one very busy main highway!

    Surely there had to be at least one car with dashcam on that highway around 12.30pm when she left the house.
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  15. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    No further news on Katherine.

    Maybe it's just me but there doesn't seem to be any sense of urgency with this case and I don't know why that is.

    Her husband spoke to media a few days after she disappeared but there's been nothing from him since.
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  16. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    Still no word.
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    MissyMoo Bronze Member

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  18. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Thanks for the link Missy!

    March 23, 2016 9:04am

    THROUGH tears Katherine Ackling-Bryen’s husband Michael Bryen has spoken of the anguish he has faced every day since she 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 Caitlin’s ninth birthday soon too, on April 7.

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

    “That was first I knew Katherine had decided to take Emma to school as well.”

    Mr Bryen said Katherine would never forget to pick up the girls so he was immediately worried.

    “She was the most devoted person … you couldn’t get near those children if she didn’t know you,” he said.

    “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.”

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  19. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    How far is the home from the school? It just seems odd to me that she wouldn't drive over there if she's dropping things off and picking things up?
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  20. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Depending on where exactly she lives on Great Western Highway, the distance between home and school may not be too far at all. That highway runs from mid left of map to lower right corner.

    Distance between school and St Mary's shopping village is 2.8kms/1.13 miles, although police said they're thinking she caught a bus from the school to the shops when she went shopping. They're not sure how she got back home after shopping but if the distance from shops to home isn't too far/is somewhere in between, she probably walked.

    Then she left the home again to go pick up her daughters at school finish time. She'd put dinner on, left purse, phone on table, only took house keys with her and vanished.

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