New York Irish mother's plea for her missing daughter
Cathy Meehan Wray disappeared a year ago, and her family wants her back
“When Mike passed away Cathy found it very difficult to cope. She was heartbroken and couldn’t deal with his death,” recalls Meehan. “She just was not herself ever since.”
Trying to bring some normality back into her life after her husband’s death, Wray took over his seat in the New York stock exchange – a seat he held for 25 years – but his death was too much for her. She had to give up his seat after some time.
Up until her disappearance, Meehan said she saw her daughter quite frequently and spoke to her nearly on a daily basis on the phone.
“We were worried about her you know, we were always trying to get her to move on from Mike’s death. Then she would get angry with us because we were not backing her,” Meehan said sadly.
Wray’s state of mind was becoming more fragile as time went on.
“She seemed to get a touch of a breakdown and she thought everyone was talking about her. I guess she was paranoid,” said Meehan.
A healing trip to Ireland
In an effort to help her daughter heal after Mike’s death, Meehan and her other daughter Mary took Wray to Ireland.
“We were trying to cheer her up, you know. We went for three weeks and toured around and stayed in Kerry for 10 days. She really did love it and loved going back to where her father was from.”
Meehan has also contacted a missing persons organization in Ireland for help, but they have come up with nothing either.
Wray’s luxurious apartment in Hanover Square, downtown Manhattan, was sold at auction last week for a mere $349,000. According to Meehan it is worth three times that.
“She wasn’t making any payments so the bank took it over and put it up for auction. It’s so sad and it’s a beautiful apartment,” said Meehan, who with the help of her family cleaned out most of her daughters belongings.
Since her daughter’s sudden disappearance, Meehan said every thought imaginable has gone through her mind.
“Where is she, is she in trouble, is she even alive?” are just some of the questions the Cork mother asks herself on a daily basis.
“We know one thing is for sure, Cathy was never in trouble with the law so she wasn’t running away from anything or anyone,” said Meehan.
Unfortunately police told Meehan they cannot list her daughter as a missing person because she bought the ticket to Geneva. In their eyes she left willingly.
Out of her character
“Just disappearing like this is out of her character. It’s very strange to just walk away and leave everything behind. It just all doesn’t make sense to me,” Meehan said.
Meehan said she was hesitant to go public with her daughter’s disappearance because she didn’t want to embarrass her, but after a year of silence, worry and anxiety has taken over. She will do anything at this stage just to hear some news on her daughter’s whereabouts.
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