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Renewed appeal to find woman who disappeared from Portishead 23 years ago

Linda Millard. Credit: ITV News West Country

A fresh appeal for information about a missing woman has been issued - 23 years after she disappeared.

Linda Millard was last seen in Portishead, where she was staying with friends, at 9.30am on Friday, March 1, 1996.

The 48-year-old was reported missing by 10am that same day, and officers later found her car - a white Austin Mini Metro - and some of her possessions near Battery Point in Portishead.

Linda's car, which was found in Portishead. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

She has not been seen since.

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.

– DI Lisa Jones, of Avon and Somerset Police

Linda is described as white, 48-years-old, 5ft 2ins tall, slim build, blue eyes and chestnut brown hair in a bob style.

She was last seen wearing a navy blue and white checked shirt, black jeans and a black anorak with a vivid pink trim and collar.

Inside Linda's car. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Linda’s daughter, Yvonne Cathrall, said she and her family are desperate for new information.

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.

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 that we can finally have some peace and closure.

– Yvonne Cathrall