Catherine Ann Hammel

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Above Images: Hammel, circa 1998

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 23, 1998 from Houston, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: January 26, 1970
  • Age: 28 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Hammel has a small scar near her left eye. Her ears are pierced. Hammel's nickname is Cathy. Her last name may be spelled "Hammell" by some agencies.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A purple 24-Hour Fitness t-shirt, gym shorts, white sneakers, earrings and a ring with the letter C.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Hammel left her place of employment, 24-Hour Fitness, in Houston, Texas on March 23, 1998. A co-worker dropped Hammel off at her apartment in the 1200 block of Wilcrest at approximately 2:00 p.m. Hammel's boyfriend saw her at her residence one hour later at 3:00 p.m. He left the apartment and returned at approximately 6:00 p.m., by which time Hammel disappeared. She has never been seen again. She was carrying a black purse at the time of her disappearance.

    Hammel was employed part-time at Nick's Sports Bar and Grill in Houston in 1998. She had an argument with Jose Arenales at the restaurant on March 22, 1998, the night before she disappeared. It is not known if this incident is connected to Hammel's case. Her relationship with her boyfriend, who is the father of her young daughter, was described as "rocky," but he has not been charged in connection with her disappearance.

    Authorities do not believe Hammel left of her own accord, as she was attached to her daughter and it would be uncharacteristic of her to abandon the child. Hammel's mother held a memorial service for her daughter in March 2006. Her disappearance remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Houston Police Department
    713-308-3600

    OR
    713-308-8805

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    Source Information
    Texas Department Of Public Safety
    Child Search Ministries
    The Houston Chronicle
    Houston Police Department
    KHOU TV
    KRTK Houston
    The Doe Network

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 15, 2010; clothing/jewelry description and details of disappearance updated.

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