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It’s been nearly a year since data scientist Kathleen Riethmuller disappeared without a trace from Sydney, with police labeling her disappearance as “out of character” as they launched a new call for information.

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Mystery surrounding the disappearance of the woman from Brisbane, last seen on October 28, 2021.

Concerns arose when a member of the public found the 28-year-old’s belongings in a backpack in Lane Cove, a northern Sydney suburb.

The backpack contained essential items such as Kathleen’s identification documents and bank cards.

Police have launched another call for public help to locate Brisbane woman Kathleen Riethmuller, who has been missing in Sydney for nearly a year. (NSW Police)

An investigation into her whereabouts began after the discovery of the bag.

Police determined that Kathleen was visiting a shop on Reserve Road in Artarmon around 11:40 a.m. on the day she was last seen. She was then sighted again in North Sydney at 2:30 p.m., wearing a long-sleeved denim dress and black flats.

The sightings come after Kathleen checked in to Elephant Backpackers in downtown Woolloomooloo.

Police believe the 28-year-old may have traveled to Melbourne.

The missing persons registry manager, Detective Superintendent Glen Brown, has called her disappearance “out of character”, adding that they have chosen to bring her case to the fore as Missing Persons Week 2022 begins.

Kathleen Riethmuller was captured by CCTV footage on October 28, 2021.  She wore a long-sleeved denim dress and black flats.
Kathleen Riethmuller was captured by CCTV footage on October 28, 2021. She wore a long-sleeved denim dress and black flats. (NSW Police)

“Detectives from both North Shore and Kings Cross have conducted extensive investigations into Kathleen’s movements and activities just before and after her disappearance,” Brown said.

“Her behavior was clearly abnormal when she was last seen, and we have been unable to find any logical reason for her movements that day and subsequent disappearance.

“Investigators strongly suspect that Kathleen is still alive and may be living between states, and any information to that effect would be very helpful to police.

“We continue to work on various possibilities as to why Kathleen disappeared, but ultimately we need the help of the public – which is why we chose her case to highlight during this important week.”

Kathleen Riethmuller's belongings were found in a backpack on Centennial Avenue in Lane Cove.
Kathleen Riethmuller’s belongings were found in a backpack on Centennial Avenue in Lane Cove. (Google Maps)

Deputy Prime Minister and Police Minister Paul Toole hopes the new call will yield more clues.

“The ripple effect that occurs when a person disappears for no reason or without a trace should not be underestimated,” said Mr Toole.

“Police are committed to finding Kathleen to provide answers to her family and those who knew her, but they need the public’s help.”

Kathleen is described as having a Caucasian appearance, about 165cm – 175cm tall, thinly built, with long dark hair.

Missing Persons Week is an annual national campaign to raise awareness of the issues and consequences surrounding missing persons and runs from Sunday, July 31 to Saturday, August 6, 2022.

Police are looking for anyone with information on Kathleen Riethmuller’s where to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or here.

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