HUMAN remains found in a shallow pool belong to vet Catherine Gowing, police have revealed.
A post-mortem examination was carried out following the grim discovery of human remains in an area known as the Lum, next to Manor Road, Sealand.
North Wales Police have confirmed the victim was the 37-year-old Irish woman who went missing three weeks ago.
Her family, which includes her elderly parents, her sister Emma and brother-in-law Shay, has been informed and John Gittins, acting coroner for North East Wales has been notified.
Emma has spoken of the family’s devastation in the past and said her sister was the “light” of the family.
More remains were found on the banks of the River Dee in Ferry Lane, Higher Ferry, on Friday afternoon by an off-duty Cheshire Police officer but these have yet to be identified.
The police search at the sites continued over the weekend and forensic officers were seen at an address in Meadow View, Sealand.
Senior investigating officer DCI Mark Pierce said: “The post-mortem confirmed our fears and the results have been passed to Catherine’s family.
“We are also awaiting identification of further remains found on the banks of the River Dee in Ferry Lane, Higher Ferry, Chester, on Friday, November 2.
“The search continues for further remains and any other evidence which will assist this investigation.”
Miss Gowing from County Offaly in the Republic of Ireland, who lived in New Brighton near Mold, had been missing for more than three weeks.
Police launched a missing appeal on October 16 and started a search at Alltami, near Mold, after her burnt out Renault Clio was discovered there on October 18.
Clive Sharp, 46, from Gwynedd, was arrested and later charged on suspicion of her murder.
His case is expected to be heard in January.
Officers then spent more than two weeks searching quarries and woodland around Pinfold Lane, before moving to Sealand following new intelligence.
DCI Pierce said at the time: “This development came about as the result of information from the local community, for which I am very grateful.”
He repeated his appeal for 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, October 12, and particularly in the Sealand area.
Catherine Gowing was last seen at about 8.40pm on Friday, October 12, when she was sighted on CCTV leaving Asda Supermarket in Queensferry.
He added: “I would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in fields in the Manor Road area of Sealand to contact police on 101.”
Anyone with information about sightings or any suspicious activity in the Sealand area can call North Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A community in shock
A COMMUNITY devastated by the murder of a young woman has spoken of its grief and shock.
County councillor for Sealand Christine Jones said she was deeply saddened by the news the human remains had been identified as Catherine Gowing’s.
“This ordeal must have been so horrible for Catherine’s family and friends as it has been for the community,” she said.
“It must have been particularly hard for them because they live so far away.
“At least now they know what has happened and have the chance to deal with it.
“Our hearts go out to them at this sad time.”
Those living near the two sites where remains were found near Manor Road and Ferry Lane, Sealand, have been hit particularly hard.
Great grandfather Les Brown, from Manor Road, said: “It’s horrible.
“I’m really shocked by it – you don’t expect that sort of thing.
“It makes me fearful for my own family.
“You don’t know who you can trust.”
And father of two young children Bamba Bojang, from Meadow View, said: “It’s a quiet place and you don’t expect this sort of thing.
“It’s a bit shocking, knowing they’ve found human remains, especially when there are children in the area.”
And in Ferry Lane Rob Houston, of Upton, said: “I cycled past the scene on the banks of the River Dee just two hours before remains were found.
“It’s such a shame and has left everyone feeling so desolate.”
Paul Carter, from Saltney, added: “Everyone’s so shocked and saddened by what’s happened.”