Please help us bring missing Catherine home, family plead
THE sister of missing Catherine Gowing has made an emotional appeal for her return as she visited the scene where the vet’s burnt-out car was found.
Ms Gowing, 37, from Clonlee, Co Offaly, was last seen on the evening of Friday October 12 at a supermarket near her home in New Brighton, Flintshire, north Wales.
Her sister Emma Gowing arrived at the former quarry, in Alltami, with her husband Shay Maguire earlier today and spent around 20 minutes speaking with senior North Wales Police officers.
"Today is our wedding anniversary and Catherine was our maid of honour,” said Emma in a statement released by police.
"We are desperate to find and bring her home. Please help us bring her home."
North Wales Police say they have devoted "extensive" resources to the search, including dog teams and underwater search officers.
Further searches have also taken place at other locations in north Wales and in Cheshire, sources said.
A 46-year old man from Gynnedd, north Wales, has since been charged with her murder though her body has not been found.
Clive Sharp, 46, of no fixed address, has been charged with murder and appeared before Caernarfon Crown Court on Tuesday, when he was remanded in custody until January 7 when he is due to enter his plea.
A spokesman for North Wales Police said: "Emma Gowing and Mr Maguire met chief inspector Dave Roome, the search co-ordinator, and over 30 specialist search team officers from North Wales and Cheshire Police.
"During an emotional meeting officers explained the extent and scale of the search and then both were taken further into the search area to witness first hand the conditions and terrain in which the officers are searching."
The couple said in the statement: "This morning we had the opportunity to meet with some of the excellent search teams from North Wales and Cheshire who are searching for our Catherine.
"They are a group of determined individuals working hard to reunite us with Catherine.
"We are so grateful for their positive attitudes and commitment.
"We have been so heartened by all the support received from the public including especially all those that have approached us personally and shared such kind words.
"Thank you all. Knowing that the church in Buckley, Our lady of the Rosary, held a prayer service today has helped re-enforce our hope and strength.
Detectives are still appealing for help to establish Ms Gowing's movements after she was last seen at the Asda supermarket in Queensferry.
Officers want to hear from anybody who may have seen her Renault Clio, which has the registration 00D 99970, and a black Volvo S40, registered AG58 JHE, between Friday October 12 and Monday October 18.
Mr Roome added: "Emma and Shay's presence this morning has had a real impact upon us all.
"They thanked all the officers for their courage and determination and their visit and kind words have been an inspiration to us all."
Anyone one with information should call North Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.