Police confirm burnt out car belongs to missing Offaly woman

Police in Wales have confirmed that a burnt out car found near Mold, belongs to missing Offaly woman Catherine Gowing.

Police in Wales have confirmed that a burnt out car found near Mold, belongs to missing Offaly woman Catherine Gowing.

A member of the public contacted police after discovering the the burnt out Renault Clio about two miles from Catherine’s home close to a disused quarry, surrounded by woodland, and near to a quarry pool. A 46-year-old man remains in custody having been arrested by police on suspicion of murder.

The area around the car remains sealed off as an examination of the vehicle and the surrounding area continues. Police are hoping to secure any evidence which may be at the scene which may be of assistance to their investigation.

Police are carrying out an intensive search in the area including specialist search dogs and underwater search teams. They are also looking through CCTV footage while door to door inquries also continue.

Catherine (37), who was working as a vet in North Wales, was last seen on Friday evening entering Asda in Queensferry at 8.05pm and leaving a half an hour later. CCTV images of her leaving the supermarket were subsequently released by police.

Her work colleagues contacted police when one became concerned after one received part of a text message and when Catherine did not arrive for work on Monday morning.

Yesterday (Thursday) her sister Emma broke down in tears at a press conference as she gave an emotional appeal for help in finding Catherine.

She described her sister as her best friend and a kind, sensitive and beautiful person adding that Catherine was the light of her parent’s life.