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Missing OAP: man bailed
Marie Veronica Reynolds
Last seen 7 August, 2002
Lives at Malpas, Newport
5ft 5ins tall, slim build
Wears spectacles
Mousy, greying hair; tied back

A 52-year-old Cardiff man has been released on bail after being questioned by police in connection with a pensioner who has been missing for over a year.

Marie Veronica Reynolds inexplicably vanished from her home in the Malpas area of Newport in August last year.

Despite widespread appeals for information from friends and relatives, her whereabouts remained a mystery.

Police even excavated a canal near her home but fears that she may have fallen into one of the large pits dug by a water company proved unfounded.

On Friday, South Wales Police confirmed that a man, from the Rhiwbina area of Cardiff, had been arrested and that forensic officers were carrying out investigations at a house in the area.

He was questioned at Newport Police Station, before being released pending further inquiries.

Family of Mrs Reynolds described her as a keen traveller who had a close group of friends.

She was a sociable person who regularly played bridge at church club near to her home.

Police dig at Malpas, Newport
Police dug a canal bank near her home but nothing was found

Her disappearance, they said, was completely out-of-character.

In April this year, her sister-in-law Anne Read said: "It is very hard to believe that this long and drawn-out wait could end so sadly," she said.

"All of her family and friends have maintained hope throughout the last eight months and truly believe she could still be alive.

"It was never like Veronica to just go missing. I don't believe anyone can just disappear.

Nephew Michael Hunt described her as a "kind, loving and thoughtful person".

"This is why I truly believe she could not and would not have just left people behind," he added.

"Veronica had been depressed but we thought she was feeling brighter shortly before she disappeared," he said.

"She was a home lover, a caring, kind person, always thinking of others and we feel she would never have gone away without telling us. "All this adds up to us being even more worried over what might have occurred."

Gwent Police are appealing for anyone who has any information that they feel could assist the investigation to contact (01633) 838111.

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