North East Wales

Catherine Gowing: sister appeal to find missing vet

The sister of a vet who is missing feared murdered has appealed for help in trying to find her.

Catherine Gowing, 37, originally from Ireland, was last seen at a supermarket in Flintshire last Friday.

Emma Gowing said she was the "light of my life" and pleaded for help to find her "beautiful sister".

A 46-year-old Gwynedd man was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of murder and police have been given a 36-hour extension to question him.

Appearing at a police news conference, Emma Gowing spoke of her "shock" and urged people to help police in their hunt for Catherine, who is originally from Clonlee, Co Offaly, in the Irish Republic.

She urged them to look as they drive and check local streets, garages and waste land.

Image caption Catherine Gowing was last seen on Friday, and police fear she has come to 'significant harm'

"Catherine is a kind, sensitive, beautiful person," she added.

"She's passionate about animals and entirely devoted to my family.

"She's my best friend. She's the light of my life. She's the light of her parents' lives."

Concerned colleagues of Miss Gowing called police after one received part of a phone text message.

At the press conference on Thursday, Det Supt John Hanson said mobile phone records were one of the lines of inquiry officers were following.

Police say Miss Gowing was seen entering Asda in Queensferry at 20:06 BST and leaving just over half an hour later.

CCTV images of her leaving the supermarket were released by police.

In the new sighting, Miss Gowing was wearing blue jeans and a light brown/khaki fleece zipped top with white sleeves and white side panels.

She had plain black flat shoes and her brown hair was tied up. She had a bright brown saddle bag across her shoulder and body, and was carrying a plastic Asda bag and a pizza-type box.

'Out of character'

Police said the sighting was reported as a result of inquiries and their appeal.

They say the public's help in the search "cannot be emphasised enough".

Miss Gowing has lived in the village of New Brighton, near Mold, for the past two years.

Image caption CCTV images of Catherine Gowing seen leaving the Asda supermarket in Queensferry

Det Supt John Hanson said: "Our priority is to trace Catherine and we would urge anyone who has seen her or her Renault Clio, bearing the Irish registration plates 00D 99970, to contact the North Wales Police incident room on 101.

"This is totally out of character for Catherine and the public's assistance in the search cannot be emphasised enough."

Detectives say they fear Miss Gowing has come to "significant harm".

Police said the arrested man "frequents the New Brighton area and is known to Catherine".

Detectives have declined to give further details about why the man was arrested but said it was a result of their investigations so far.

They say Miss Gowing, who is originally from Kinnity, near Birr, in County Offaly in the Republic of Ireland, was seen leaving Evans Veterinary Practice in Clayton Road, Mold, where she works at approximately 19:00 BST on Friday.

Police said she failed to make a weekend appointment and did not turn up for work on Monday morning.

They have issued photos of her car and said finding the vehicle was their prime concern.

North Wales Police said anyone with information relating to her whereabouts or who may have seen the car can call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Image caption Officers are trying to trace a purple Renault Clio with an Irish registration

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