Police search for missing woman Kathleen Riethmuller after she vanished from Sydney’s north


Frantic search for missing shopper in a denim dress, 28, as she mysteriously vanishes after a trip to Bunnings and her belongings are found abandoned in a backpack on the street

  • Kathleen Riethmuller, 28, has been missing from Sydney since October 28
  • Her belongings were found abandoned in a suburban street that afternoon 
  • They were given to police who launched an investigation into her whereabouts
  • Police and family have concerns for her welfare as she has not been seen 










A desperate search is underway to find a woman who mysteriously vanished with her belongings found abandoned in a backpack in a suburban street. 

Kathleen Riethmuller, 28, (pictured) has been missing for more than two weeks after mysteriously vanishing from Sydney's north

Kathleen Riethmuller, 28, (pictured) has been missing for more than two weeks after mysteriously vanishing from Sydney’s north

Kathleen Riethmuller, 28, has been missing for more than two weeks since she was last seen visiting shops in Sydney’s north on Thursday October 28. 

A member of the public found her belongings, including her ID and bank cards, in a backpack on Centennial Avenue at Lane Cove that afternoon and contacted police. 

Detectives launched an investigation into Kathleen’s whereabouts but have not been able to find her and she has not made contact with family.

Police inquiries revealed Kathleen attended a Bunnings store on Reserve Road, Artarmon, about 11.40am on Thursday 28 October.

She was spotted again at 2.30pm the same day in North Sydney, wearing a long sleeve denim dress and black flat shoes. 

Police and family hold serious concerns for her welfare as she is not able to be contacted and has not been seen. 

Loved ones have launched a Facebook page dedicated to help find Kathleen, who also frequently spent time in the inner city.

‘Kathleen is known to have frequented a unit on King Street in Sydney and backpacker’s accommodation on Sir John Young Crescent, Woolloomooloo in the weeks leading to her disappearance,’ the page reads.

Police inquiries revealed Kathleen attended a retail store on Reserve Road, Artarmon, about 11.40am on Thursday 28 October

She was spotted again at 2.30pm the same day in North Sydney, wearing a long sleeve denim dress and black flat shoes

Police inquiries revealed Kathleen attended a retail store on Reserve Road, Artarmon, about 11.40am on Thursday 28 October, before she was spotted again at 2.30pm the same day in North Sydney, wearing a long sleeve denim dress and black flat shoes

‘It is possible that she is in need of medical assistance. [Her] family is based in Brisbane and due to Covid-19 restrictions [are] unable to be on foot in Sydney.

‘We are hopeful that reaching out as far and wide as possible can assist in getting her home safely.’ 

Kathleen is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 165cm – 175cm tall, of thin build, with long dark hair.  

Police believe Kathleen may have travelled to Melbourne for employment opportunities. 

A NSW Police spokesperson said the search has now been extended into Victoria.  

Anyone who may have information about her whereabouts or has seen Kathleen are urged to contact Chatswood Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 

A member of the public found her belongings, including her ID and bank cards, in a backpack on Centennial Avenue (pictured) at Lane Cove

A member of the public found her belongings, including her ID and bank cards, in a backpack on Centennial Avenue (pictured) at Lane Cove

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