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Police are re-issuing their appeal for missing 39 year old Catherine Johnston

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Search and Rescue teams deploy a drone at Ballintoy Harbour in the search for Missing Belfast Lady 39-year-old Catherine Johnston.Catherine, who is described as being approximately 5’9” tall, average build with light brown shoulder length hair went missing from the east Belfast area on Tuesday, 13 December. Inspector Sammy McConnell said, “A white Seat Leon car, which we believe Catherine was driving has been found in the Ballintoy Harbour area. There is currently a joint police and coastguard search underway. “I would appeal to anyone who saw this white Seat Leon car travelling between Belfast and the North Coast or anyone who has any information to contact police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 889 13/12/16.PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY /MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Searches are continuing today throughout the North Coast by PSNI, Coastguard and Community Rescue Service for missing 39 year old school teacher Catherine Johnston.

Catherine went missing Tuesday 13th December and concern has been growing for her welfare. Her car was found at Ballintoy harbour on Tuesday night prompting a massive air, sea and land search involving Portrush Lifeboat and a Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Prestwick in Scotland.

Searches have resumed today with Coastguard teams from Ballycastle and Coleraine Searching between Portbalintrae and Dunseverick. Community Rescue Service are also searching other areas along with the PSNI.

In a statement posted to social media, Community Rescue Service said;

CRS teams were deployed early on Wednesday to assist in searches for a missing female.

The missing person is believed to have left their car at the carpark at Ballintoy harbour at some stage on Tuesday, 13th Dec. CRS Teams searched an extensive area alongside our colleagues from the Coastguard.

CRS teams stood down from their search in the late afternoon and will resume again on Thursday morning. The CRS sonar team will also deploy in the area.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area of Ballintoy harbour at any stage on Tuesday. Anyone with information are asked to contact police on 101.

PICTURE MATT STEELE /MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

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