Claire Holland press conference live – new search for woman who disappeared in 2012

Avon and Somerset Police are carrying out “a significant police operation” this week in connection with Claire Holland’s disappearance from Bristol in 2012.

Claire from Lawrence Weston was last seen at Seamus O’Donnell’s pub on St Nicholas Street, Bristol, on the evening of Wednesday, June 6, 2012.

She was reported missing by her family on Thursday, June 14, 2012 and has not been seen since. Today (Tuesday, November 16) the police will hold a press conference about the development of the case, and you can follow live updates below.


Avon and Somerset Police are treating Claire’s disappearance as suspicious, and the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) is releasing CCTV footage today showing Claire the day she disappeared as part of a renewed appeal for help and information from the public.

A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of Claire’s murder in 2019, but the now 39-year-old is still being released during investigation.

A handout photo by Claire Williams

Over the next few days, police will conduct “intelligence-led searches” with the specialized diving team in parts of the city center and other areas throughout the week.

Senior Investigating Officer It Insp Darren Hannant said: “We would like the public to return to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend, which was the weekend of June 2-5, 2012. Claire disappeared the day after this significant national event.

“CCTV shows Claire walking along Baldwin Street on her way to Seamus O’Donnell’s pub around 9.30pm on Wednesday 6 June, but we have no footage showing where she went afterwards, but staff have confirmed she left the pub later that evening just after closing time, around 11.15 pm It is possible that she walked in the direction of the Fountains, near the harbor, but we do not have any footage of her doing so, despite extensive reviews of more than 1,000 hours available CCTV.

“At this point we are treating Claire’s disappearance as suspicious. Claire had no known reason to disappear by herself and had made plans for the week after her disappearance.

“Claire’s family will be kept informed of the progress of this inquiry and we are committed to providing them with the answers they need. Specially trained liaison officers will continue to support them during this very difficult time.”

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Claire is described as white, 5 feet tall, slender in build, with shoulder-length brown hair, which was sometimes tied back in a ponytail.

Police are asking the public to speak to them if they saw a woman who matches Claire’s description or who matches the CCTV footage and images released by the force.

Officers will also send messages to all of Claire’s friends on Facebook to appeal for any information that may help.

We will bring you the latest updates from senior police officers at a press conference that will take place shortly.

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