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Welsh police find 'human remains' in search for Catherine Gowing

Police say that the remains were discovered yesterday afternoon and a post mortem is being carried out today.

North Wales police officers carrying out a search for missing Catherine Gowing last month (File photo)
North Wales police officers carrying out a search for missing Catherine Gowing last month (File photo)
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POLICE IN NORTH Wales who have been searching for the missing vet Catherine Gowing say they have found ‘human remains’.

Search teams which have been deployed to Sealand in Flintshire in the search for the missing Offaly woman said that human remains were discovered in a shallow pool in a local field yesterday.

The discovery followed information police say they received from members of the public.

The 37-year-old Irish woman went missing on 12 October when she was last spotted at an Asda store in Queensferry not far from where she worked in a veterinary clinic she had been employed in for the last two years.

Clive Sharp, 46, has since been charged with her murder and has been remanded in custody.

North Wales Police’s Senior Investigating Officer DCI Mark Pierce said today in a statement: “At this time those remains have yet to be formally identified as this will require medical as well as forensic examination. A post mortem 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.”

Pierce said that the latest development came about as a result of information from the local community which he said that the police were grateful for.

However he said that their assistance was still needed particularly with regard to any information the public may have about sightings of Gowing’s Irish registered Renault Clio 00-D-99970 and Sharp’s black Volvo S40 AG58 JHE since Friday, 2 October, 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,” Pierce added.

Read: Family of Catherine Gowing visit search site in Wales

Read: Man remanded in custody over Catherine Gowing murder

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