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Wednesday, 31 October, 2001, 14:38 GMT
Fears for missing woman
Donna McBrearty's family have put up posters appealing for information
Donna McBrearty's family have put up posters appealing for information
The mother of a 21-year-old woman who has been missing from her Belfast home since the weekend has said she fears she is being held against her will.

Donna McBrearty from Dromore in County Tyrone has been living in Belfast for five months.

Her friends said she was last seen talking to a stranger after a night out in the centre of Belfast at about 0400 GMT on Sunday.

According to her mother, Kate McBrearty, Donna she left Vicos nightclub in Brunswick Street in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Donna McBrearty was last seen near the Belfast city centre
Donna McBrearty was last seen near the Belfast city centre

Her friends believe she may have gone off with a stranger.

She had been talking to a man as they went into a telephone kiosk to call a taxi. When they came out she was gone.

There were reports she was later seen at a fast food restaurant in Shaftsbury Square.

Her family and friends have put up posters in shop windows in the area she was last seen appealing for information.


So my gut feeling is that something may have happened to her

Kate Breaty

Her mother Kate said she was becoming increasingly concerned about her daughter.

"I live in hope that nothing has happened to her - that she is maybe sitting somewhere oblivious to all this and she will contact one of us at some stage.

"But there has been no family fallout and no fallout with her friends.

"So my gut feeling is that something may have happened to her. She would normally contact me about once or twice a week and I have heard absolutely nothing.

"She hasn't contacted any of her friends either.

Donna's boyfriend Brendan Burns is also concerned for her safety
Donna's boyfriend Brendan Burns is also concerned for her safety
"They don't know if she went away with this chap she was talking to.

"It seems like a nightmare. I don't know where to turn."

She added that Donna was a regular at Vicos nightclub even before she moved to Belfast, because her sister had been a DJ there.

Her family and friends have put up posters in shop windows in the area she was last seen appealing for information.

Donna's boyfriend Brendan Burns has also been searching for her.

He said: "I feel she is being held somewhere against her will and is not being allowed to leave."

Donna is 5"1' tall, with a slim build and reddish brown hair. She was wearing blue jeans, a yellow and grey top and a black fleece when she went missing.

The police are studying closed circuit television footage from cameras in the area.

They have asked anyone with any information about Donna Brearty's whereabouts to contact officers at Lisburn Road RUC station.

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BBC NI's Colette Maguire reports:
"Donna McBrearty has been missing since a night out with two of her friends"
Kate McBrearty
fears something has happened to her daughter who has not contacted friends or family
See also:

05 Feb 01 | Northern Ireland
Police launch missing persons website
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