Remains found near River Dee are missing vet

Catherine Gowing, 37, not seen since Friday 12th October

North Wales Police have confirmed that human remains found in two separate locations, are that of missing Irish vet Catherine Gowing.

The 37 year old was last seen on Friday 12th October leaving the Asda supermarket in Queensferry, with her car being found the next week, burnt out near a Quarry in Flintshire.

A member of the public discovered the first lot of remains in a remote area near Sealand in North Wales, with an off-duty police officer finding more remains further down the River Dee near Chester just days later.

Post Mortem Examinations have found that the remains are that of Catherine Gowing.  Senior Investigating Officer DCI Mark Pierce said “The results have been passed to Catherine’s family. As you can imagine this is a very difficult time for them. They continue to be supported by specialist officers and are being kept fully updated with the progress of the investigation”

DCI Pierce repeated his appeal for any information regarding any sightings of Catherine Gowing’s Irish registered Renault Clio 00D 99970 and Clive Sharp’s black Volvo S40 AG58 JHE since Friday 12th October and particularly in the Sealand and River Dee areas. 

He added “ The search for further remains and any evidence to assist this investigation continues and I would again ask the local community if you have seen any suspicious activity or person in Manor Road, Sealand or on the banks of the River Dee, or have any information which may assist our investigation to contact Police on 101.”

46 year old Clive Sharp from Bethesda, Gwynedd, has been charged with her murder and will appear in crown court in the new year.