Burnt out car found in hunt for missing Offaly woman

A car matching the make and model of that of missing Offaly woman Catherine Gowing has been found burned out near her home in North Wales.

A car matching the make and model of that of missing Offaly woman Catherine Gowing has been found burned out near her home in North Wales.

Police have not yet confirmed whether the car, a five door Reanult Clio, is that of the missing 37 year-old who has not been seen since last Friday evening.

A member of the public contacted police after discovering the car about two miles from the missing woman’s home. A 46-year-old man remains in custody having been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The area around the car has been sealed off as an examination of the vehicle and the surrounding area continues. Police are hoping to establish the vehicle’s identity and to secure any evidence which may be at the scene.

Catherine was last seen on Friday evening last seen entering Asda in Queensferry last Friday 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.