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Appeal for information over disappearance of Offaly woman Catherine Gowing

Police in Wales say they urgently need to trace her car. Meanwhile, Catherine’s family have travelled to Wales.
Oct 17th 2012, 5:14 PM 11,217 7

POLICE IN WALES investigating the unexplained disappearance of 37-year-old Irish woman Catherine Gowing have appealed to the public for help in tracing her missing car.

The Offaly native has not been seen since she left her workplace – Evans Veterinary Practice on Clayton Road in Mold – at about 7pm last Friday.

Detective Superintendent John Hanson said police are increasingly concerned about Catherine’s welfare as they have no knowledge of her whereabouts.

“Catherine failed to meet a weekend appointment and did not turn up for work on Monday morning. This is totally out of character for Catherine who maintains regular contact with her family, friends and work colleagues.”

He fears she “may have come to some significant harm”.

Investigating officers believe the missing woman drove home to Cae Isaf in New Brighton in her work car – a Vauxhall Corsa – on Friday evening.

However, Catherine also owns a plum/burgundy-coloured Renault Clio bearing Irish registration places (00-D-99970) and that vehicle is missing from her home address.

“We urgently need to trace this vehicle as we strongly believe this will help us find Catherine,” Hanson said at a press briefing this afternoon.

“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?

Earlier today, police arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of murder and he is currently being questioned at a local police station.

Hanson said the suspect, who is from Gwynedd, often frequents the New Brighton area and is known to Catherine.

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However, he would not elaborate any further as the information which led to the arrest forms part of the investigative strategy.

Catherine is described as being about 5’10″ tall and of slim, athletic build. She has long, curly brown hair and speaks with an Irish accent. It is not clear what she was wearing when she was last seen.

Members of her family, including her sister Emma and brother-in-law Shay have travelled to Wales to help with the investigation.

Emma has told police, “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.”

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