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Catherine Gowing murder:Missing vet's family visit search site in Alltami, Flintshire

Catherine Gowing family

THE sister and brother-in-law of missing Mold vet Catherine Gowing have visited the site where police continue to search for her body.

On their wedding anniversary Emma Gowing and Shay Maguire today (Friday) thanked the search squads combing a quarry and woodland on Pinfold Lane, Alltami, where her burnt-out Renault Clio was found last Thursday.

The couple met search coordinator Chief Inspector Dave Roome and more than 30 specialist officers from North Wales and Cheshire and were taken into the search area to see the terrain being scoured.

In a statement issued this afternoon through North Wales Police, Emma and Shay said: “This morning we had the opportunity to meet some of the excellent search teams from North Wales and Cheshire who are searching for our Catherine.

“They are a group of determined individuals working hard to reunite us with Catherine and we are so grateful for their positive attitudes and commitment.

“We have been so heartened by all the support received from the public, especially all those that have approached us personally and shared such kind words. Thank you all.

“Knowing that the church in Buckley, Our Lady of the Rosary, held a prayer service this morning has helped reinforce our hope and strength.

“Today is our wedding anniversary and Catherine was our maid of honour. We are desperate to find her. Please help us bring her home.”

Catherine, of Cae Isa, New Brighton, has been missing since about 8.40pm on Friday, October 12, when she was seen on CCTV leaving Asda in Queensferry.

Since then Clive Sharp, 46, from Bethesda, Gwynedd, has been charged with her murder.

He was remanded in custody after appearing at Caernarfon Crown Court via video link earlier this week and is expected to enter a plea on his next appearance in January.

Chief Inspector Roome said: “Emma and Shay’s presence this morning has had a real impact upon us all.

“They thanked all the officers for their courage and determination and their visit and kind words have been an inspiration to us all.”

Police are still eager to trace the movements of Catherine’s Renault Clio – with the Irish registration number 00D 99970 – and Sharp’s black Volvo S40, registration AG58 JHE, between October 12 and Monday, October 18.

Anyone with information is asked to call North Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.