POLICE want to trace an eastern European musical instrument cleaner in connection with the case of a missing Oxford woman. 

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78-year-old Maja O’Brien was last seen by friends on Wednesday evening but police now believe she returned home and left again between 5am and 9am on Thursday.

Labelling her a 'keen flute player', officers say she may have been meeting a musical instrument cleaner around the time of her disappearance. 

Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Jonathan Capps, explained: “Maja is a keen flute player and we think she has taken her flute with her.

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“It is possible that Maja was on her way to meet an acquaintance who cleans musical instruments. Unfortunately we don’t know the identity of this person but we believe he is a man and may originally be from Croatia or Eastern Europe.

“If you believe you are this man, or you know who he is please contact police so we can understand if Maja had arranged to meet on Thursday." 

She is around 5ft 6ins tall, of average build, with short grey hair and brown eyes.

Police have also appealed for CCTV and dash cam footage from Thursday night.

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Mr Capps continued: “Further, I would also appeal to any of Maja’s other friends to come forward if they had arranged to meet her on Thursday.

“Another significant enquiry is regarding Maja’s bicycle, which we believe she had with her at the time she went missing. The bicycle which has a basket on the front, is similar to the version pictured.

Oxford Mail:

“If anyone has the bicycle, has seen the bicycle or knows where it is then please come forward.

“Anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, please contact police by visiting thamesvalley.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/ or calling, quoting reference 1528 (28/3)."