North East Wales

Catherine Gowing: Hunt continues for missing vet

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

Police are continuing their hunt for a vet who is missing feared murdered a week after she disappeared.

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

Her sister Emma Gowing described her "beautiful sister" as the "light of my life" during an appeal for help at a news conference on Thursday.

North Wales Police have been given more time to question a 46-year-old Gwynedd man arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police 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.

Concerned colleagues of Miss Gowing, who lives in New Brighton, near Mold, called police after one received part of a phone text message.

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

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

Officers have searched around her home at nearby Cae Isa, New Brighton.

Her car has not been found since she disappeared and police are keen to find it.

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

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

It shows 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.

At a police news conference on Friday, Emma Gowing spoke of her "shock" and urged people to help police in their hunt for her sister.

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

"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."

Det Supt John Hanson said the sighting of the missing woman at the supermarket was reported as a result of inquiries and their appeal.

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

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

"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," said Mr Hanson.

"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".

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

The force has been given a 36-hour extension to question him.

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.

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