Man charged with murder of woman missing for decade

A man has been charged with the murder of a woman who disappeared a decade ago, police said.

Arren Osment, 40, will appear in Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Thursday accused of murdering 32-year-old Claire Holland.

Ms Holland, from the Lawrence Weston area of ​​Bristol, was last seen leaving Seamus O’Donnell’s pub in the city center at 11.15pm on 6 June 2012, the day after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend.


A man has now been charged with the murder of Claire Holland, who was last seen leaving a pub in Bristol 10 years ago (Avon and Somerset Police/PA).

She was reported missing a few days later and has not been seen or heard from since, despite multiple mass searches and appeals for information.

Avon and Somerset Police said Osment, from Chessel Drive, Patchway, South Gloucestershire, has been remanded in custody.

Detective Superintendent Gary Haskins, head of the Major Crimes Investigation Team, said: “This is a pivotal moment in our investigation and we have brought Claire’s family up to date after a man has been charged with her murder.

“We will continue to support them through our specialist family liaison officer.”

Ben Samples, Chief District Attorney for the CPS South West Complex Casework Unit, added: “Crown prosecutors have authorized Avon and Somerset Police to charge Darren Osment with murder.

“The indictment follows a complex investigation by the Major Crime Investigation Team, assisted by the Complex Cases Unit.

“A comprehensive review of all the evidence gathered has led us to the conclusion that our legal tests to initiate criminal prosecution have been met.

“The prosecution reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings are ongoing against Darren Osment and that he has the right to a fair trial.

“It is extremely important that there is no online reporting, commenting or sharing of information that could in any way affect this process.” Man charged with murder of woman missing for decade

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