Burghfield pond searches in missing Catherine Nee case today after "new information came to light"
Ms Nee (pictured, below), who was originally from Reading, was last known to be living in Ilfracombe, Devon, when she was last seen in 2002, aged 32.
A missing persons investigation was launched by Thames Valley Police in 2012, and due to “new information coming to light”, underwater searches are being carried out until Thursday in two ponds in a wooded area of Burghfield.
Det Insp Kev Mahon from the Major Crime department said: “Catherine became estranged from her family 14 years ago and in that time they have made attempts to try and find her to no avail and have constantly wondered what happened to her.
“They turned to Thames Valley Police for our assistance in 2012 to try and trace her and our investigation has led us to this point.
“The Thames Valley Police specialist search and rescue team is conducting a search of two ponds in the Burghfield woods on the basis of this information.
“We do not know what we may find, but the hope is that we will discover items relating to Catherine’s disappearance.
“In the meantime we are continuing to appeal to anyone who knew Catherine, who was also known as Kathy, or has any information of her whereabouts, to get in touch.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Det Insp Mahon via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
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