Missing Belfast mum found

Published Thursday, 11 April 2013
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A missing east Belfast mother of three has been located, a police spokesman has said.

Missing Belfast mum found
Missing woman Joanna Craig pictured with her husband Gary. (© Craig family)

Joanna Craig's family had reported her missing after she failed to return home on Tuesday.

She was last seen at around tea time on Tuesday in the Castlereagh Road area, where she lives with her husband Gary and their children.

The 28-year-old had left home in the family car, but failed to return.

On Thursday morning, Mr Craig said: "She had arranged for one of her sisters to babysit and she had gone out in the car and we have not heard from her since.

"There has been no contact with her on her phone. We've been trying constantly and her phone is now dead."

Police tracked Mrs Craig's phone to the Lower Ormeau Road - but her husband said she did not know anyone who lives in that area, and believed she could have been at a B&B or a hotel in the university area.

PSNI also searched by helicopter for Joanna, and Mr Craig said friends and family had also been trying to track her down.

"She's not the kind of person who would behave in this way and because she is the person she is, the police are very concerned that she's disappeared in this fashion."

Her husband explained the couple recently lost their business and that he had been ill in hospital, but it was his wife who kept the family together.

"We've had a very stressful year," he added, before saying the disappearance was very out of character.

Mr Craig began to break down as he made an appeal on the Frank Mitchell's show on U105, calling for his wife to make contact.

He said: "I'm hoping that maybe Joanna's listening to the show and if she is she knows how much we love her, and how much we treasure her.

"She loves the kids. She's a great mother and we need her back.

"We are so worried about her, we desperately need to hear from her to know that she's ok," he added.

Police said Joanna had been located on Thursday afternoon.

"The PSNI would like to thank all media outlets who assisted in appealing for Joanna," the spokesman added.

© UTV News
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31 Comments
Nollaig in Melbourne wrote (565 days ago):
Mairead no problem, it was a sad act, I moved away to get away from people like that.
Mairead in Belfast. wrote (566 days ago):
Well done Nollaig in Melbourne for challanging paddy Fields. @paddy Fields, did you seriously read the comment from miss a.m. and think to yourself , this woman has just written about suffering from debilitating post natal depression , but i know, il call her out on a spelling mistake? How ignorant and insensitive . @miss a.m. Im sure many people will be glad to read your compassionate and understanding post, very kind of you to speak out about something that has obviously caused you pain in the past.
Tommy Atkins in London,England wrote (566 days ago):
Great that this lady is safe and well. However shouldm't someone be held reponsible gor the search operations?
LUCYLOU in belfast wrote (566 days ago):
NOLLAIG IM MELBOURNE==your post correcting Paddy Fields was 1st class and really made me chuckle!! Be warned though if you try to correct all the bad grammar/spelling on these sites you'll need to take it up as a full time job!! Like everyone else I too am glad this girl has been located.
John in Derry wrote (567 days ago):
@Nollaig in Melbourne, you must be very bored. All(whole?) the way from Melbourne. Sorry to correct you!!
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