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  1. #1
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    Jun 2005
    On the Third Coast

    TX - Catherine Hammel, 28, Houston, 23 March 1998


    24 March 08

    A New Jersey family continues searching for answers ten years after the disappearance of their daughter here in Houston.

    Cathy Ann Hammel was 28 when she vanished after leaving work at a Houston fitness club. She was last seen at her apartment complex on Wilcrest Road. Police followed several leads, but Hammel was never found.

    She left behind a daughter who was just three at the time. Every year on the anniversary of Hammel's disappearance, her family makes the long trip from New Jersey to Houston, hoping to keep the case alive.

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    Aug 2008
    up north

    Family Searches For Missing Woman 12 Years Later


    Cathy Hammel Last Seen On March 23, 1998

    POSTED: Tuesday, March 23, 2010
    UPDATED: 3:14 pm CDT March 23,2010

    HOUSTON -- A family handed out fliers Tuesday in hopes of finding a loved one who was last seen 12 years ago, KPRC Local 2 reported Tuesday.

    Cathy Ann Hammel, 28 at the time, was last seen at her apartment on Wilcrest on March 23, 1998.

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    Missing: Cathy Hammel Last Seen On March 23, 1998


    So very sad...she had a 3 year old son.


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    Date Of Birth: January 26, 1970
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 28 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'3"; 120 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown eyes; long brown/auburn hair.
    Marks, Scars: Small scar near her left eye and pierced ears.
    Clothing: Purple "24-Hour Fitness" T-shirt, gym shorts, and white tennis shoes
    Jewelry: earrings(unknown description); letter "C" Ring; black purse
    AKA: Cathy Hammel
    DNA: Available


    Hammel was last seen March 23, 1998. She did not drive, but usually walked to her jobs at 24-Hour Fitness in the 12400 block of Westheimer and at Nick's Sports Bar and Grill in the 1400 block of Wilcrest.
    She had worked at 24-Hour Fitness until 2 p.m. the day she disappeared, then went home to her apartment in the 1200 block of Wilcrest.


    This year, Henderson also will have a memorial Mass for her daughter. It's a step she resisted.
    "I never wanted there to be one (a service) because I never wanted to believe she was gone," Henderson said. "But I have to do this. I'm having a memorial so I can send her poor soul to heaven."
    At first, Hammel's disappearance was considered a missing-person case, but Houston police homicide detectives took the lead in the investigation, concluding the mother of a now 12-year-old girl would not have vanished of her own accord.



    Catherine Henderson, Hammel's mother, has asked that question daily for the past 14 years. Each year on the anniversary of her disappearance she makes the trip to Houston in hopes that there will be a break in her case, seeking any bit of information to answer that question. Henderson said she's been told to "give up." "Law Enforcement and some advocacy groups tell me that it's useless for me to continue coming to Houston year after year. Some have even quit returning my calls," said Henderson.

  7. #7
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    May 2012

    Catherine has been missing 16 years now.

    Mom prays for daughter who went missing in ’98
    Posted: Mar 22, 2014 11:20 PM CST Updated: Mar 25, 2014 11:21 PM CST
    Hammel and Arenales, who had a “rocky” relationship, were heard having an argument at Nick’s Sports Bar and Grill, a restaurant where Hammel worked part-time, the night before her disappearance, Motard said.
    “The first year she disappeared they had helicopters, ATVs, dogs, everything, trying to find her,” Henderson said, adding that fliers were distributed and groups searched every block for clues. The case drew widespread media and police attention and was investigated by homicide detective C.P. Abbondandolo, who has since retired. The case was labeled as a missing person since a body was never recovered, but Motard said it was investigated as a homicide since police do not believe Hammel would have left without her young daughter.

  8. #8
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    Jan 2013
    Weird, I worked at Nick's part-time myself about 12 years ago. Loved that place, it was a great little bar.

    How sad for her mother to fly here every year...

    I wonder what ever became of her boyfriend, Jose?
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