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Police appeal for information on missing New Brighton woman Catherine Gowing, 37

Catherine Gowing

A 46-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the disappearance of a vet in Flintshire.

Catherine Gowing has not been seen since she left work at Evans Veterinary Practice in Clayton Road, Mold, at about 7pm on Friday.

And North Wales Police fear she may have come to ‘significant harm’.

Detectives believe after leaving work the 37-year-old, originally of Birr, County Offaly, Southern Ireland, drove to her home Cae Isa, New Brighton, in her work car, a Vauxhall Corsa.

But her own car, a plum/burgundy Renault Clio bearing Irish registration plates 00D 99970 is also missing.

North Wales Police said at a press conference held yesterday afternoon at the force’s headquarters in Colwyn Bay that her disappearance was ‘totally out of character’.

Detective Superintendent John Hanson said: “We are increasingly concerned about Catherine’s welfare and we have no knowledge as to her current whereabouts.Š

“Catherine failed to meet a weekend appointment and did not turn up for work on Monday morning.Š

“This is totally out of character for Catherine, who maintains regular contact with her family, friends and work colleagues.”

STAFF at the veterinary practice have declined to comment on the news.

Dept Supt Hanson added: "I fear she may have come to some significant harm."

Investigators are eager to trace her Clio as they ‘strongly believe’ it will help them find her.

Det Supt Hanson said: "I want the public to think hard about this car and registration number.

"Please look at these photographs, have you seen this car since 7pm last Friday night?  If so please contact the incident room on 101."

A man from Gwynedd, who frequents the New Brighton area and is known to Catherine, has been arrested on suspicion of her murder.

Police were last night expected to apply for an extension to continue questioning him today.

Dept Supt Hanson added: "The information which led us to arrest him forms part of our investigative strategy, and it would be inappropriate for me to elaborate further at this time."

Catherine is about 5ft 10in and of slim, athletic build with long curly brown hair.  She speaks with an Irish accent. It is not clear what she was wearing when she vanished.

Catherine’s sister Emma and brother-in-law Shay, who live in Ireland, are now in North Wales and are assisting police in building up a clearer picture of Catherine’s friends and habits.

Speaking through their family liaison officers Emma said: "The family are devastated with the news and will try and come to terms with Catherine’s disappearance. 

"She is the light of our family and we can’t imagine that light’s gone."

The family are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers.

Area commander for North Wales Police’s eastern division, Supt Jeremy Vaughan said: "I would like to reassure the people of Flintshire that police officers will respond to any concerns that emerge during this investigation and will be a visible presence in the local community.

"I would ask if you have any information that may support the investigation into the whereabouts of Catherine you either contact us on 101 or speak with police officers patrolling the area. We will do everything we can to support this investigation and this will be the top priority for North Wales Police."