‘Desperate’ family’s plea to find truth about mum who went missing in Portishead 23 years ago

PUBLISHED: 10:42 01 March 2019 | UPDATED: 10:42 01 March 2019

Linda Millard went missing 23 years ago today, and police have released fresh images of her and her car.

Linda Millard went missing 23 years ago today, and police have released fresh images of her and her car.


The children of a missing woman say ‘not a day goes by’ without questioning what happened to their mum, as police launch a fresh appeal for information 23 years on from her disappearance in Portishead.

Linda Millard's Austin Mini Metro.Linda Millard's Austin Mini Metro.

Linda Millard went missing on this day in 1996, and her family have launched an anniversary appeal with Avon and Somerset Constabulary in hope of learning what happened to their mum.

Aged 48 at the time of her disappearance, Linda was staying with friends in Portishead but was last seen at around 9.30pm on March 1, 1996.

She was reported missing shortly after, and officers soon found her white Austin Mini Metro – with personal possessions inside – near Battery Point, and she has not been seen since.

Her daughter Yvonne Cathrall said: “On behalf of myself and my two brothers, we would like to appeal to the public in relation to the disappearance of our mum. It has been 23 years since our mum went missing and we miss her very much.

Battery Point lighthouse. Linda Millard's car was found nearby.Battery Point lighthouse. Linda Millard's car was found nearby.

“Not a day goes by when we don’t think about her and ask ourselves what happened that day.

“If anyone has any information who may not have been confident at the time, please can they come forward to help. My brothers and I desperately wish to find out so we can finally have some peace and closure.”

Linda, who had lived in Swanage in Dorset, is white, 5ft 2ins tall with a slim build and blue eyes.

She had chestnut brown hair in a bob at the time of her disappearance and was last seen wearing a navy and white checked shirt, black jeans and a black anorak with vivid pink trim and collar.

Linda Millard went missing on March 1, 1996.Linda Millard went missing on March 1, 1996.

Detective Inspector Lisa Jones, of the major crime review team, said: “We are treating this as a missing person inquiry but we’re keeping an open mind about the circumstances of Linda’s disappearance and we cannot rule out foul play.

“The case has never been closed and reviews have taken place in the time since the original investigation but sadly we’ve been unable to locate Linda or find out definitively what happened to her.

“We want to help Linda’s family find the truth as they’re left with so many unanswered questions and deserve to know what happened to her.

“The passage of time sometimes allows people to come forward with information they may have felt unable to give to the police at the time or they initially felt was not relevant.

The inside of Linda Millard's Austin Mini Metro.The inside of Linda Millard's Austin Mini Metro.

“We would encourage anyone with information about Linda’s disappearance to come forward now and help her family find some form of closure.”

If you have any information, call 101 with the reference number MP4472/11.

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