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Wales police focus on quarry and woods in search for Catherine Gowing

Police in Wales have called on local people to come forward with any information, no matter how small, to help find Catherine Gowing.

North Wales police officers searching for Catherine Gowing at the weekend
North Wales police officers searching for Catherine Gowing at the weekend
Image: Andrew Price/View Finder Pictures/PA Wire

POLICE IN WALES searching for missing Catherine Gowing are focusing their efforts around a quarry and surrounding woodland in north Wales.

Members of the search team said this evening that the search is focused on an area of difficult terrain near where Catherine’s Renault Clio car was found burnt out last Thursday.

Officers have called on any local people who may have seen anything which could be of help to the investigation to come forward.

Sergeant Neal Parkes, one of the police search team advisors,  said the search is still very much ongoing. Catherine has not been seen since Friday 12 October when she was seen leaving a supermarket in Queensferry in Wales. A 46-year-old man Clive Sharpe has been charged with her murder.

“The terrain [of the search area] is very difficult with loose shale, thick undergrowth and some very boggy and marshy areas and so we are taking our time ensuring safety as well as not missing any opportunity in discovering anything which may lead us to find Catherine,” said Sergeant Parkes.

A senior investigating officer said he believed that members of the public could still have valuable information which could help in the search for missing woman.

“I am very grateful to members of the community for their assistance but I am certain there are others out there who may feel what they have to say is of little value,” said DCI Mark Pierce.

“However we need to build up as comprehensive a picture as possible, not just to help us find Catherine but also in providing a full investigation to the Crown Prosecution Service”. He urged people in the area to phone the police if they had any information.

Emma Gowing, who is Catherine’s sister, and Emma’s husband Shay visited the search site in Wales last Friday and spoke to the police teams who are continuing the search for the 37-year-old vet from Offaly.

DCI Pierce confirmed that Catherine’s family remain in north Wales and are receiving daily updates on the progress of the investigation.

Alltami in Wales (Image: Google Maps)

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