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Catherine Gowing case: Police looking for missing vet find human remains in Sealand

A police tent is set up off Manor Road, Sealand, as part of the search for the body of Catherine Gowing.

POLICE searching for missing Mold vet Catherine Gowing have found human remains in a shallow pool in Sealand.  

North Wales Police officers and divers were camped on land off Manor Road yesterday (Wednesday) and a forensics tent was set up at lunchtime.

And today senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Mark Pierce said: “Following information received by members of the public, recent searches have focused on fields in Manor Road, Sealand.  

“Yesterday search team officers discovered human remains in a shallow pool within the field known locally as the Lum.  

“At this time those remains have yet to be formally identified, as this will require medical as well as forensic examination.  

“A post-mortem examination is planned for later today. 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.”  

Lead search advisor Sergeant Neil Parkes said ‘a discovery’ had been made during the day on Wednesday, but he would not elaborate.  

He said the search of the Sealand site will continue into the weekend.

Bystanders at the scene said they had seen forensics teams removing black bags from the search site at about midday on Thursday.  

“The police have been guarding the entrances to the field and the forensics tent all night,” one said. “And they were searching again early this morning.”  

Another resident said: “It’s horrible, something like this happening on your doorstep. Awful.”  

The development came after police widened their search for the 37-year-old, who is originally from County Offaly in Ireland.  

Specialist teams continue to comb a quarry on Pinfold Lane, Alltami, where her burnt-out Renault Clio was found on October 18.  

Some of Catherine’s neighbours at Cae Isa, New Brighton, were too upset to talk today.  

On hearing the news, one resident in the quiet cul-de-sac said: “Oh God, I hope it's not her.”  

Another neighbour said: “Obviously we hope it’s not her, but if it is at least it will be some closure for her family.  

“We’ve seen the around and this must be horrible for them. It’s so sad.”  

DCI Pierce added: “This development came about as the result of information from the local community, for which I am very grateful.  

“However I am once again asking for their assistance. The search for evidence relating to Catherine’s disappearance continues and I am very eager to hear of any sightings of her Irish-registered Renault Clio 00D 99970 and Sharp’s black Volvo S40 AG58 JHE since Friday, October 12, and particularly in the Sealand area.  

“In fact I would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in fields in Manor Road, Sealand, to contact police on 101.”  

Catherine had been living in Flintshire for about 18 months and worked at Evans Veterinary Practice in Mold.  

She has not been seen since about 8.40pm on Friday, October 12, when CCTV cameras captured her leaving Asda in Queensferry.  

Clive Sharp, 46, from Bethesda, Gwynedd, has been charged with her murder and remanded in custody. He will enter a plea at Caernarfon Crown Court in January.

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