Police searching for missing Highlands woman Kathleen Lidden

Police rescue and helicopter teams are searching the Bowral and Mittagong area for a missing Highlands woman.

The NSW Police Force PolAir helicopter is carrying out an air search of Mount Gibraltar, and police rescue teams are searching on the ground in Mittagong after 52-year-old Kathleen Lidden failed to return home yesterday.

Ms Lidden, from the Bowral area, was last seen between 11am and 1pm on June 13. The disappearance is out of character.

Police believe she was wearing a cream/yellow coloured jacket, and may have had a small satchel/backpack with her.

Ms Lidden has not been in contact with her family since she was seen yesterday in the vicinity of Bessemer Street and Bowral Road, Mittagong.

The last confirmed sighting of her was at a Pioneer Street shop in Mittagong about 12.30pm.

Bowral Police Inspector John Klepczarek said police held high concerns for her welfare.

“She also runs an art class which she never misses, and she wasn’t at home for that last night,” he said.

Concerned family and friends reported Ms Lidden missing and Bowral Police began an investigation.

She is described as being of Caucasian appearance with a thin build, about 160-165cm tall with short blonde/brown hair. She was last seen wearing a white scarf, yellow/cream coloured fleece jumper, grey track pants and carrying a brown bag.

Anyone who has seen Kathleen Lidden, or who has information about her whereabouts or that could assist police, should contact Bowral Police Station as soon as possible on 4862 9299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

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