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Police search for woman in Hempstead park

Left, Police search for Catherine Brady, right, at

Left, Police search for Catherine Brady, right, at Hempstead Lake State Park in Hempstead. (July 7, 2013) Credit: Howard Schnapp, handout

Police continued searching the North Pond area of Hempstead Lake State Park Sunday for a 28-year-old homeless woman missing since Father's Day, but whose disappearance was first reported by a male companion Saturday, authorities said.

Catherine Brady, who was living in the park in West Hempstead and last had an address in Garden City, has not been seen since June 16, said State Park Police Lt. Anthony Astacio.

"You get concerned when there's water involved," Astacio said. "When we get calls like this, it's the unknown."

Brady's companion has known she was missing since June 16, Astacio said, adding that it was unclear why the man did not report the disappearance earlier. The man is not considered a suspect and no foul play is suspected, Astacio said.

Teams from the Nassau police, the State Park Police and State Police conducted a two-day search of an area 2 miles in radius that includes the pond and the lake as well other areas of the park where Brady spent time, Astacio said.

Police searched a small picnic area Sunday with four tables shaded by a few large trees. Brady is about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds, he said.

Police have located family and friends in Garden City, Franklin Square and Elmont. They told investigators they last saw Brady at the beginning of June, Astacio said.

State park and State Police will continue to investigate more leads, Astacio said.

Anyone with information can anonymously call police at 631-669-2500.

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