Claire Holland was last seen leaving a pub 10 years ago and no trace of her has been found since
It was asked for “crucial information” to find answers about the fate of a young mother who went missing in suspicious circumstances 10 years ago.
Detectives continue to investigate the disappearance of Claire Holland, which took place around the time of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and are hoping the weekend’s landmark Platinum Jubilee celebrations will bring back memories.
Claire, from Lawrence Weston, Bristol, was last seen leaving Seamus O’Donnell’s Pub on St Nicholas Street on Wednesday 6th June 2012 at around 11.15pm.
Claire, who was 32 at the time, was reported missing a few days later and no trace of her has been found.
A 37-year-old man was initially arrested on suspicion of murdering the mother-of-a-child in 2019, and upon his release police said he was still under investigation.
Earlier this year, police confirmed the arrest of a man, now in his 40s, who has again been released on bail.
“No Reason She Would Disappear”
Speaking today, Det Ch. Insp. Darren Hannant said: “Claire’s disappearance is considered suspicious as there is no known reason why she chose to disappear.
“We have just celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend so I would ask people to remember the Diamond Jubilee celebrations – were you in Bristol on Wednesday evening 6 June 2012? Did you see anything that might be helpful in our investigation?
“A 40-year-old man who was re-arrested on suspicion of murder in March 2022 remains on police bail at this time.
“This remains an extensive investigation and to date we have completed nearly 300 investigations, made 78 statements and collected 404 documents and 135 exhibits.
“We strongly believe that there are people out there with critical information that could aid our investigations and would urge you to get in touch with us.
“On this day please think of Claire’s children and extended family – they are desperate for answers and deserve to know what happened and why. If you hold onto any information, please share it with us – it could be the key to solving this case.”
Last year, in a renewed appeal, the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) released CCTV footage showing Claire the day she disappeared.
Several targeted searches were also carried out in and around Bristol.
In an earlier appeal, Det Insp. Hannant added: “We would like the public to remember the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend, which took place over the weekend of 2-5 June 2012.
“Claire disappeared the day after this significant national event.
“CCTV shows Claire walking down Baldwin Street and heading towards Seamus O’Donnell’s Pub on Wednesday, June 6 at approximately 9:30 p.m.
“We have no footage showing where she went after that, but staff have confirmed she left the pub shortly after closing around 11.15pm later that evening.
“It’s possible she ran toward the fountains near Harborside, but we have no footage of her with us, despite extensive checks of more than 1,000 hours of available CCTV.”
“Help us find answers for Claire’s family and loved ones”
Claire was described as a white, approximately 5-foot-tall, short character with shoulder-length brown hair that is often tied in a ponytail.
She was last seen in black pants, a short-sleeved black top and a gray t-shirt underneath.
She also carried a cream colored Primark reusable tote bag.
The cops want everyone who was at Seamus O’Donnell’s pub on the night Claire was last seen – Wednesday June 6, 2012 – who they haven’t spoken to to come forward.
They are also urging the public to look at the CCTV and contact them if they think they saw Claire that night.
A spokesperson added: “Were you a friend or acquaintance of Claire’s? If you have not spoken to the police at the time of her disappearance or since then, now is the time. We need to know as much as possible about what Claire was doing or sharing with others in the days and weeks leading up to her disappearance?
“Has anyone shared with you any information about this case that may have sounded unusual or suspicious?
“Did anyone confide in you about what might have happened to Claire? Now it’s time to put any doubts you had about getting in touch and help us find answers for the good of Claire’s family and loved ones.
Anyone with information should get in touch on reference number 5219172645 – or call 101.
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