Family of missing woman asks Welsh community for help
THE sister of Catherine Gowing has asked the people of Wales for help in the search for the Offaly woman who disappeared at the weekend and is feared dead.
An emotional Emma Gowing was speaking at a news conference in north Wales, after police were granted a 36-hour extension to question a man arrested on suspicion of Ms Gowing's murder.
Emma Gowing said her "beautiful sister" was the light of her life and her family was deeply shocked by the disappearance.
She urged people living in the area to help, saying: "Look out of your windows, look as you drive or head to work. Check your local street, carparks, garages, wasteland or anywhere the car may be left. Please look, please search and please help us find my beautiful sister."
Police now say the last known sighting of the 37-year-old was at an Asda supermarket in Queensferry last Friday evening.
They say Ms Gowing entered the supermarket shortly after 8pm and left at 8.40pm.
Detectives said she was alone at the time.
Police said she was wearing blue jeans, a light brown khaki fleece zipped top, and plain black flat shoes. Her hair was tied up.
She was carrying a plastic Asda bag and a pizza-type box.
Officers said a forensic examination continues at her home this afternoon.
Detectives confirmed that co-ordinated searches are taking place at various locations in an attempt to find Catherine, her car - a plum burgundy coloured Renault Clio, 00D99970 - and personal items that are missing from her home.
They also confirmed that they are examining CCTV in the area.
Catherine Gowing, who is originally from Co Offaly, has been living near Mold, Flintshire, for the past few years.
Her mobile sent half a message to a nurse who worked with her at the Evans Veterinary Practice in the town of Mold some time after she went missing.
David Evans, owner of the practice where Ms Gowing had been based for 18 months, said staff became worried after receiving the text at the weekend.
"One of the nurses was concerned about her on Saturday or Sunday because she had half a message from her, from her mobile phone anyway," Mr Evans said.
"We thought, since her car was missing, we thought maybe she had gone somewhere for the weekend or got into some difficulty or something like that."
Ms Gowing is known to have missed a weekend appointment.
The alarm was not raised until Monday morning when she failed to arrive at work.
"We informed the police as soon as she did not turn up for work at 9 o'clock on Monday morning. Then we left it to the police," Mr Evans said.
A 46-year-old man from Gwynedd remains in police custody on suspicion of murder following the 37-year-old's disappearance, police said.
Magistrates in Prestatyn this morning granted officers a 36-hour extension to question the suspect.
The man in custody is known to frequent the New Brighton area and is known to Ms Gowing.