In the time leading up to Katrina Bohnenkamp’s inexplicable disappearance from Sydney, the 15-year-old was actively utilizing Facebook. Over seven years have since elapsed, and authorities believe that her Facebook profile may hold the answers to what happened to the young teenager. Specifically, one photo on the platform appears to be of great significance.
Katrina disappeared from the inner-west area of Sydney back in 2012. The final known images of the 15-year-old were captured on October 25th of that year, during a police raid at her father’s boarding house in Strathfield. Only hours later, Katrina vanished without a trace and has not been sighted since.
In the months prior to her sudden disappearance, Katrina altered her Facebook profile picture to display herself kissing a man.
The indistinct picture depicts Katrina, a fair-haired woman, with her arm wrapped around the neck of a gentleman, drawing him towards her.
As the state’s coroner initiates an inquest into Katrina’s disappearance, the photograph has been released in the hope that the gentleman could be pivotal in unravelling the mystery surrounding her vanishing.
During the inquest, the unidentified man was a focal point, and the coroner beseeched anyone who might recognise him to come forth.
Prior to the inquest, NSW Police also offered a substantial reward of $500,000 to anyone with pertinent information about Katrina’s disappearance.
The inquest regarding Katrina’s disappearance has divulged that the adolescent had been residing in several state-funded domiciles, frequented by drug users and sex offenders. It has been reported that Katrina would often abscond from state-funded housing and had an unsettled youth before her disappearance.
In the period leading up to the inexplicable disappearance of Katrina Bohnenkamp from Sydney, the 15-year-old was notably active on Facebook.
Presently, more than seven years after her sudden disappearance, authorities have reason to believe that her Facebook account might hold the key to unravelling the mystery surrounding her vanishing. Specifically, one photograph could prove pivotal.
Katrina vanished from Sydney’s inner-west in 2012, and the last known photographs of her were taken on the 25th of October of that year when police raided her father’s boarding house in Strathfield. A few hours after that, she disappeared without a trace.
In the months preceding her disappearance, Katrina changed her Facebook profile picture to one of herself kissing a man.
The said picture shows a blonde-haired Katrina with her arm wrapped around the man’s neck, pulling him in towards her.
As the state’s coroner conducts an inquest into the disappearance of Katrina, the said photograph has been released in the hopes that it could aid in identifying the man and in turn, offer some insight into what happened to her.
The inquest was informed that the man in the picture has never been identified, with the coroner strongly urging anyone with information that could help to come forward.
Leading up to the inquest, the New South Wales Police also announced a reward of $500,000 for any information that could aid in the investigation of Katrina’s disappearance.
The inquest into Katrina’s disappearance heard that she had been residing in various state-funded homes, some of which were inhabited by drug users and sex offenders. It also came to light that Katrina was prone to running away from these state-funded homes and had a troubled past prior to her disappearance.
Before the inquest and reward were announced, Katrina’s half-sister, Jaide Simpson, expressed how heart-wrenching it was not knowing what had happened to the 15-year-old.
“It’s been agonizing not having answers and not knowing what happened to her. I’ve got so many different theories,” Simpson said.
“Hopefully, we can get some kind of clarity, and the theories can be put to rest.”
Ms Simpson further stated that Katrina was planning her life when she went missing and was a fun, energetic, busy, and compassionate individual.
“She just wanted to have the best life. She had goals and things she wanted to do. For her to just disappear, it just doesn’t fit. I just want her home. She’s got two nephews waiting to meet her. She’s got a home to come back to.”
The New South Wales Police said that the $500,000 reward would be offered for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Katrina’s disappearance or for information that could help locate her.
Detective Inspector Christie Houldin stated that the police had been on the lookout for information on Katrina for seven years.
“We are constantly seeking answers for Katrina’s family and for the wider community, who are concerned about her. We hold grave concerns for Katrina’s safety,” Detective Inspector Houldin told reporters.
Detective Houldin further informed that there had been numerous unconfirmed sightings of Katrina since she was last seen in October 2012.
“Between October 26 and November 2, there were several alleged sightings, but these have not been confirmed by investigators,” she said.
“The details of the confirmed sighting do not provide any information on where she has gone or where she could be now.”