Family of missing Offaly woman visit search area

THE sister and brother-in-law of missing woman Catherine Gowing have today (Friday) visited the area in North Wales where a search continues to try and find the Offaly native who has not been missing for two weeks.

THE sister and brother-in-law of missing woman Catherine Gowing have today (Friday) visited the area in North Wales where a search continues to try and find the Offaly native who has not been missing for two weeks.

Emma Gowing and her husband Shay thanked the members of the police teams for their efforts as they continue to search in the vicinity of a quarry and woodland area where Catherine’s burnt out car was recovered close to her home.

Catherine, who was working as a vet in North Wales, has not been seen since 8.40pm on Friday, October 12 when she was captured on CCTV leaving an Asda Supermarket in Queensferry.

Her work colleagues became concerned when she did turn up for work the following Monday morning and they contacted police.

The subsequent investigation lead to the arrest of 46-year-old Clive Sharpe who was charged with Catherine’s murder. He was remanded in custody to appear again in January.

Police are still attempting to trace the movements of Catherine’s Renault Clio and Clive Sharpe’s black Volvo S40 between Friday, October 12 and Monday, October 18.

Speaking after their visit with the police at the search site, Emma and Shay commented, “This morning we had the opportunity to meet with some of the excellent search teams from North Wales and Cheshire who are searching for our Catherine. They are a group of determined individuals working hard to reunite us with Catherine. We are so grateful for their positive attitudes and commitment.

“We have been so heartened by all the support received from the public including especially all those that have approached us personally and shared such kind words. Thank you all. Knowing that the church in Buckley, Our lady of the Rosary, held a prayer service this morning has helped re enforce our hope and strength.

“Today is our wedding anniversary and Catherine was our Maid of Honour. We are desperate to find and bring her home. Please help us bring her home.”