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A man has been charged with the murder of a woman who disappeared a decade ago, police said.
Darren Osment, 40, will appear in Bristol Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with the murder of Claire Holland, 32.
Ms Holland, from the Lawrence Weston area of Bristol, was last seen leaving the city centre bar at Seamus O’Donnell at 11.15pm. Meter. June 6, 2012, the day after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Weekend.
Missing Claire Holland
She was reported missing days after her, and despite several mass searches and requests for information, no one has been seen or heard from her since.
Avon and Somerset Police said Osment, from Chessel Drive, Patchway, South Gloucestershire, was in custody.
Detective Superintendent Gary Haskins, head of the major crime investigation team, said: “This is a pivotal moment in our investigation and we have updated Claire’s family as a man has been charged with murder.
“We will continue to provide any support they may need through our dedicated Family Liaison Officer.”
Senior District Attorney Ben Samples of the CPS South West Complex Casework Unit added: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Avon and Somerset Police to charge Darren Osmond with one count of murder.
The day Mrs Holland disappeared, she was in a convenience store upstairs, shortly before she left the scene.
“The charging power follows a complex investigation by the Principal Crime Investigation Team, which is supported by the Complex Cases Work Unit.
“After a thorough review of all the evidence collected, we have concluded that we have passed the legal test to bring the case.
The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that the criminal proceedings against Darren Osmond are ongoing and he is entitled to a fair trial.
“It is very important not to report, comment on or share information online that could disrupt these programs in any way.”
Earlier this year, new CCTV footage was released on the 10th anniversary of her disappearance in an attempt to track down Ms Holland’s final scene.
She is described as Caucasian, about 5ft tall, of petite build, with shoulder-length brown hair that is often tied in a ponytail.
She was last seen wearing black trousers, a black short-sleeved T-shirt over a grey T-shirt.
She also carried a cream Primark reusable tote.
CCTV shows Mrs Holland walking down Baldwin Street towards Seamus O’Donnell’s pub at around 9:30pm on Wednesday, June 6.
But police did not have video footage showing where she was going next.
Anyone with information by searching the Police Major Incident Public Reporting website and clicking on the Avon and Somerset Police page.
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- Darren Osment, 40, charged with murder of Claire Holland, 32
- She disappeared ten years ago after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend
- Ms Holland, from Bristol, was last seen leaving a pub in the city centre on 6 June 2012
- She was reported missing a few days later and has not been seen or heard from since then