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Last Updated: Friday, 30 July, 2004, 05:26 GMT 06:26 UK
'Frustration' over missing Louise
Louise Kerton
Louise was due to return to England when she disappeared
The father of a student nurse from Kent who went missing in Germany three years ago says he is frustrated at the progress of the police investigation.

Louise Kerton, from New Ash Green, was last seen on 30 July 2001 when she went to Aachen station to catch a train to Belgium, on her way back to the UK.

Her father Philip said there seemed to be a "lack of communication" between German police and diplomatic officials.

He said things that reminded him of Louise were still "hard to deal with".

It is not the fault of the British police because they haven't got anything to tell me
Philip Kerton
Miss Kerton, who was 24 at the time, had been in Germany visiting the family of her fiancÚ in the village of Strassfeld, near Bonn.

She had been living with her fiancÚ, Peter Simon, in Broadstairs in the months before her disappearance.

She was due to catch a train from Aachen to Ostend in Belgium from where she would have boarded a ferry back to Dover, where Mr Simon planned to meet her.

But Miss Kerton was not seen again.

Her family visited the area around Aachen several times in the months after her disappearance, searching for her in hostels and bars.

'Extremely frustrating'

They received news of dozens of alleged sightings but none led them to her and Mr Kerton said he and his family admitted to themselves that she was dead around six months after she vanished.

Mr Kerton, 59, who lives in New Ash Green, north of Sevenoaks, said the family would be spending the third anniversary with relatives on the south coast "to take our minds off things".

Aachen railway station
Louise was last seen at Aachen railway station
He said: "There seems to be a lack of communication from the German police's side.

"It is not the fault of the British police because they haven't got anything to tell me.

"It is extremely frustrating.

"It is bad enough having something like this happening without the grieving and trying to support my wife and youngest daughter.

"This time of year is not so bad because you know it is coming and can prepare for it, but the unexpected things that remind me of Louise are still very hard to deal with."

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