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Family still seeks answers to Newcastle woman Rhyanwen Horne’s disappearance


For almost five decades, the McConnochie family has been tormented by not knowing what happened to beloved family member Rhyanwen Horne.

The 24-year-old was last seen at the Shortland Clinic, now demolished, on the corner of Ordnance and Watt streets, Newcastle, about 8.15pm on Saturday 1 February 1975.

When she could not be located, officers attached to Newcastle City Police District were notified and they began inquiries into her whereabouts.

Sadly, that proved fruitless.

Rhyanwen Horne nee McConnochie.

Now, police are re-appealing for information, as part of Missing Persons Week, into the disappearance of Rhyanwen Horne nee McConnochie.

She would be aged 73 these days.

Rhyanwen’s sister Kathryn McConnochie said that after 48 years without information, the family needed answers.

“It has been far too long,” she stated.

“We want to know what happened to Rhyanwen.

“If anyone has any information about her, either before or after she went missing, no matter how minor it may seem, please come forward with it.”

Newcastle City Police District Commander Superintendent Kylie Endemi said no detail was too small for police to consider as part of the investigation.

“Please, If you know anything – even if you believe it’s minor or insignificant – our investigators would love to hear from you,” she pleaded.

At the time of her disappearance, Rhyanwen was described as being of Caucasian appearance, fair complexion, 170cm tall, with slight build, very long wavy brown hair and grey-green eyes.

Anyone who may hold information that can assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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