25 Jun 2022

Human remains found in Wales in search for missing Offaly woman

POLICE in Wales searching for missing Offaly woman Catherine Gowing have discovered human remains.

POLICE in Wales searching for missing Offaly woman Catherine Gowing have discovered human remains.

Search Teams and the Regional Underwater Search Team deployed in Sealand, Flintshire discovered the remains in a shallow pool within the field known locally as the ‘Lum’.

The search targeted the area following information received from members of the public.

Senior Investigating Officer DCI Mark Pierce commented, “At this time those remains have yet to be formally identified as this will require medical as well as forensic examination. A post mortem is planned for later today (Thursday, November 1). At this time we are not able to comment further however Catherine Gowing’s family have been informed of this distressing development and clearly our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time. I would ask that they be allowed privacy to come to terms with this news.”

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.

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