POLICE in Wales have confirmed that human remains found last Wednesday (October 31) are those of missing Offaly woman Catherine Gowing.
A postmortem was carried out on Thursday on the remains which were discovered in a shallow pool in a field known locally as the ‘Lum’. Police announced the positive identification on Sunday. The discovery came after a lengthy search operation covering a number of areas.
Senior Investigating Officer DCI Mark Pierce commented, “The post mortem confirmed our fears and the results have been passed to Catherine’s family. We are also awaiting identification of further remains found on the banks of the River Dee in Ferry Lane, Higher Ferry, Chester, on Friday November 2. The search continues for further remains and any other evidence which will assist this investigation.”
Catherine Gowing had been working as a vet in North Wales. She has not been seen since Friday, October 12 when she was sighted on CCTV leaving the ASDA supermarket in Queensferry.
Her colleagues raised the alarm the following Monday morning when she failed to appear for work. Her car was later found burnt out near a quarry close to her home. 46-year-old Clive Sharp was subsequently arrested and charged with her murder. He is due to appear in court again in January.