Haunting CCTV of mum who vanished from pub nine years ago as cops renew search

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A search has been launched for a woman who went missing in 2012.

Claire Holland, 32, from Lawrence Weston, Bristol, was last seen on the evening of June 6, the day after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend.

Her disappearance is believed to be linked to a crime and is being treated as suspicious by police.

Today, the Major Crime Investigation Team released CCTV footage showing her on the day she disappeared, and several targeted searches in and around the Bristol area will be taking place over the next few days.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Darren Hannant said: “We’d like the public to cast their mind back to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend, which was on the weekend of June 2-5 in 2012.

“Claire went missing the day after this significant national event.

“CCTV shows Claire walking along Baldwin Street heading towards the Seamus O’Donnell’s pub at around 9.30pm on Wednesday June 6, but we don’t have any footage showing where she went afterwards, but staff have confirmed she did leave the pub later that evening just after closing time, around 11.15pm.

“It is possible she headed in the direction of the Fountains, near the Harbourside, but we don’t have any footage of her doing so, despite extensive reviews of more than 1,000 hours of available CCTV.

“At this time, we’re treating Claire’s disappearance as suspicious. Claire had no known reason to go missing of her own accord and had made plans for the week following her disappearance.”

There will also be a specialist diving team brought in to join the searches, which will begin in the city centre, moving outwards during the week.

Detectives are appealing for information from the public who might have been at Seamus O’Donnell’s on the night Ms Holland was last seen, as they are looking for anyone who spoke to her.

They are also looking for anyone who recognises the woman from the CCTV footage.

She is described as white, 5ft, of slim build, with shoulder-length brown hair, which was sometimes tied back in a ponytail.

Those who were Facebook friends with Ms Holland at the time will be sent a message on social media and they are also being urged to call the police with any information they think would help inquiries.

A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of her murder in 2019. He was released under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and give the reference number 5219172645, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their website crimestoppers-uk.org.

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