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Police confirm Friday night sighting of missing Catherine Gowing

Meanwhile, detectives have been given a further 36 hours to question a 46-year-old man arrested in connection with her disappearance.

Image: North Wales Police

POLICE IN NORTH Wales have confirmed a further sighting of missing Irish woman Catherine Gowing.

Detectives investigating the 37-year-old’s unexplained disappearance have said she was seen entering an Asda shop in Queensferry at 8.06pm on Friday.

She left the store at 8.39pm.

From the sighting, police have ascertained that she was wearing blue jeans and a light brown/khaki fleece zipped top with white sleeves and white side panels. Her shoes were plain black flats and her brown hair was tied back.

She had a bright brown saddle bag across her shoulder. The fresh description also details a plastic Asda bag and a pizza-type box she was carrying.

That is the last known sighting of the Offaly native who works in a veterinary practice in Mold, Flintshire. 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.

“Our priority is to trace Catherine and would urge anyone who has seen her or her Renault Clio, bearing the Irish registration plates 00-D-99970,  to contact the North Wales Police incident room,” said Detective Superintendent John Hanson.

“This is totally out of character for Catherine and the public’s assistance in the search cannot be emphasised enough.”

Meanwhile, Presatyn court granted a 36-hour extension to officers to allow them more time to question a 46-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder.

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

Members of Catherine’s family have travelled to Wales to assist in the search. Her sister Emma and brother-in-law Shay are due to give a press conference at 3pm.

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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