Man to appear in court in Wales in connection with disappearance of Offaly woman

A 46-year-old man is expected to appear in court in Wales this morning in relation to the disappearance of an Offaly woman.

A 46-year-old man is expected to appear in court in Wales this morning in relation to the disappearance of an Offaly woman.

Thirty-seven-year-old Catherine Gowing, a native of Clareen, has been missing since 7pm on Friday night. The man is due to appear at Prestatyn Magistrates Court where police are seeking a 24-hour extension of his detention period. The man, who police say was known to Ms Gowing, is being held on suspicion of her murder.

Police are increasingly concerned about Catherine’s welfare and have no knowledge as to her current whereabouts. Catherine failed to meet a weekend appointment and did not turn up for work on Monday morning. Police say this is totally out of character for Catherine who maintains regular contact with her family, friends and work colleagues.

Catherine was last seen at approximately 7pm leaving Evans Veterinary Practice in Clayton Road, Mold, where she works.

She has not been seen since, but police believe that after finishing work on Friday evening she drove home to Cae Isa, New Brighton in her works car, a Vauxhall Corsa.

She owns a plum/burgundy coloured Renault Clio bearing Irish registration plates - 00 D 99970 and this is also missing from her home address. North Wales Police say they urgently need to trace this vehicle as they ‘strongly believe’ it will help them find Catherine.

Initial enquiries by police officers have resulted in the identification of a 46 year old Gwynedd man who frequents the New Brighton area and is known to Catherine. This man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder and he is currently being questioned at a local Police Station.

Polcie say the information which led them to arrest him forms part of the investigative strategy and it would be inappropriate for them to elaborate further at this time.

Police say it is ‘totally out of character for Catherine’ and they fear she may have come to some significant harm.

Catherine’s sister, Emma and brother-in-law Shay who live in Ireland are now in North Wales and are assisting police in building up a better picture of her friends and habits.

Speaking through their Family Liaison Officers Emma commented, “The family are devastated with the news and will try and come to terms with Catherine’s disappearance. She is the light of our family and we can’t imagine that light gone.”