Human remains found in murder probe


Staff reporter

HUMAN remains have been discovered in the hunt for missing vet Catherine Gowing.

Police divers made the grim discovery while searching a shallow pool within a field known as the Lum next to Manor Road in Sealand.

A post mortem and formal identification was carried out yesterday and the results are expected today.

Senior investigating officer DCI Mark Pierce said: “Following information received by members of the public, recent searches have focused on fields in Manor Road, Sealand.

“Yesterday (Wednesday) search team officers discovered human remains in a shallow pool within the field known locally as the Lum.

“At this time those remains have yet to be formally identified as this will require medical as well as forensic examination.

“Catherine Gowing’s family have been informed of this distressing development and clearly our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.”

Police spent more than two weeks searching quarries and woodland around Pinfold Lane in Alltami, where Miss Gowing’s burnt out car was found.

But the search was moved to Manor Road this week following new intelligence.

DCI Pierce added: “This development came about as the result of information from the local community for which I am very grateful.

“However, I am once again asking for their assistance.

“The search for evidence relating to Catherine’s disappearance continues and I am eager to hear of any sightings of her 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.

“I would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in fields in Manor Road, Sealand, to contact police.”

Search teams continue to scour the undergrowth around the 30ft wide pond for more evidence.

Sergeant Neal Parkes, lead search adviser for North Wales Police, said at the scene: “We are not pulling out of here. We’ll be here for another couple of days.

“We are here in order to gain evidence.

“There’s going to be a ground area search of the surroundings of the pond.

“We are not talking about the whole field as it’s been ploughed but the vegetation.”

Searches at the quarry at Alltami have been suspended.

Sgt Parkes added: “We have pulled out of the quarries with a view to revisiting at a later date.”

Catherine, of Cae Isa, has not been seen since about 8.40pm on Friday, October 12, when she was sighted on CCTV leaving Asda supermarket in Queensferry.

Since that time Clive Sharp, 46, of Bethesda, Gwynedd, has been charged with her murder.

Anyone with information about sightings or any suspicious activity in the Sealand area is asked to call North Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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