Police hope first anniversary appeal will help jog memories in missing woman inquiry

Denise Jarvis

Police are renewing their appeal for information about missing Kingswood woman Denise Jarvis on the first anniversary of her disappearance.

Denise, 44, was last seen on the evening of Wednesday 3rd August in the area of Southey Park in the town. That remains the last confirmed sighting and with no proof that she is alive, the police say they are increasingly concerned for her welfare.

Senior Investigating Officer Det Chief Insp Ben Lavender said today: “We know how devastating this continues to be for Denise’s loved ones and our thoughts remain very much with them.

Denise pictured with her mum Bernadatte

“We want to use this first anniversary as a reminder that we’re still appealing for information from the public. People have annual routines and events they may attend, so we’d ask them to think back to the same time last year to see if that jogs their memories.

“Every piece of information is important in our efforts to find out what happened to Denise.

“Our investigation will be subject to regular reviews and we’re ready to respond to any new lines of enquiry which come in.”

A thorough investigation has seen officers complete more than 700 actions and speak to more than 90 of Denise’s contacts in the hope of finding her.

Extensive searches of the area where she was last seen have also been carried out, as well as other intelligence and POLSA-led searches, some of which have involved the use of police divers and a drone, while CCTV from the area has also been reviewed. Officers have been unable to locate any CCTV footage of her following that last confirmed sighting.

CCTV images of Denise, recorded on the day before she went missing, shows the coat she was wearing when she was last seen in the park – a grey, thigh-length sleeveless coat.

Denise seen on CCTV the day before she went missing

Police have also released images of two of Denise’s bags which were found in the park, but know she had other bags with her which have not been found.

Denise has links to Kingswood and Hambrook. If you know where she is, or have seen or spoken with her since Wednesday 3rd August 2022,  call 999 quoting reference 5222186376, or call 101 with any other information.

Police have also set up an online portal featuring our appeal, which will allow people to send information directly to officers working on this investigation.

You can access the portal through this link.