Catherine Gowing: Clive Sharpe on missing vet murder charge

Catherine Gowing
Image caption Catherine Gowing was last seen on Friday, and police are still looking for her

A man has been charged with murdering Catherine Gowing, a 37-year-old vet who has been missing for a week.

Clive Sharpe, from Bethesda, Gwynedd, will appear at Mold magistrates court on Saturday morning.

Irish-born Miss Gowing, from New Brighton, Flintshire, has not been seen since a sighting at a supermarket last Friday.

Earlier, North Wales Police confirmed a burnt out car found close to a disused quarry near her home was hers.

Miss Gowing is originally from County Offaly in the Republic of Ireland.

Karen Dixon from the Crown Prosecution Service said the decision to charge Mr Sharpe with murder was taken after a "detailed review" of evidence gathered so far by North Wales Police.

'Judicial process'

Det Supt John Hanson, from North Wales Police, renewed an appeal for anyone who was in and around the area of the disused quarry in Pinfold Lane in Alltami at any time last weekend to come forward.

"I have already spoken about the extent and scope of the examinations and searches taking place and the resources involved in the search to find Catherine," he said.

"Those searches will continue into this evening and throughout the weekend.

"We will do all that is conceivably possible to find Catherine and return her to her family. That remains our priority."

He said the missing woman's family are still in north Wales and are being supported by family liaison officers.

"They are aware of this significant development and they are fully updated on progress of the investigation.

"It is now time to let the judicial process take its course and time to let the family come to terms with what has happened over the last week," he added.