THE FAMILY of a missing woman who was last seen in Ilfracombe have made an emotional appeal for her to get in touch.
Catherine Nee, originally from Reading, went missing 12 years ago.
She was 31-years-old when she was last seen by her family and would now be 43-years-old.
Devon and Cornwall Police believe Catherine had been living in Ilfracombe for about 18 months around 2002/03.
She was also well known in the Reading area and Newbury and some people knew her as Kathy.
Thames Valley Police are now leading a missing person investigation on behalf of her family.
Detective Inspector Kev Mahon, who is leading the investigation, said: “Catherine became estranged from her family 12 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 have now turned to Thames Valley Police for help.
“If Catherine is out there now, I would urge her to come forward and let us know that she is safe and give her family peace of mind.”
In a statement given to Thames Valley Police, members of Catherine’s family made an emotional appeal for her to come home.
The statement said: “Catherine is a daughter, mother and grandmother. We haven’t seen or heard from her for 12 years.
“Catherine, if you are reading this please get in contact with us.
“You have six very beautiful grandchildren who would love to meet their grandmother.
“The whole family misses you and we all just want you to come home or at least get in touch with us to let us know you are safe and well.
“If anybody knows Catherine, or has any information about her or her whereabouts, past or present, please get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Thames Valley Police on 101 and quote URN 897 of 16/11/12.