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  • Writer's pictureSarah Turney

Katie O'Shea

Updated: Aug 10, 2023

On December 17, 2005, 44-year-old Katie O’Shea flew to North Queensland, Australia, with her 11-year-old daughter. They were going to visit Katie’s oldest son Alan and his partner, who were expecting a child in early January.

But when the baby was born on January 9, Katie wasn’t there. According to her daughter Lily, this was completely unlike Katie, who was a doting mother - she lived for her children and would never miss the birth of her first grandchild.

Four days later, on January 13, Alan reported Katie missing. He told police he last saw her on December 29, when he dropped her off on a street in Atherton. He said she had plans to go to a pub and play pool, then go visit her friend in a nearby town.

But when investigators began re-tracing Katie’s steps, they discovered that she never made it to her planned destination.

At the time of her disappearance, Katie was described as standing 171cm (or five feet, seven inches) tall with a slim build. Katie has green eyes, long brown hair, and a tanned complexion. Katie was last seen wearing a short skirt with a button-up shirt and carrying a large red handbag with brown straps.

Anyone with information is asked to call Australian Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.

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