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Saturday 20 January 2018

Police confirm second remains belong to murdered Catherine Gowing

Human remains found in Sealand, Deeside last Wednesday have been identified as being those of Catherine Gowing
Human remains found in Sealand, Deeside last Wednesday have been identified as being those of Catherine Gowing
A police tent covers the area, near a council estate in Sealand, north Wales, where human remains were found

Niall O’Connor

WELSH police have confirmed that human remains discovered along a river bank on Friday belong to missing Irish woman Catherine Gowing.

Forensic experts carried out a post mortem on the second set of remains and today said that they have been positively identified as belonging to the 37-year-old Co Offaly vet.

The news has been passed on to Catherine's devastated family and the Welsh Corner service has been notified.

“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,” according to senior Investigating Officer DCI Mark Pierce.

Investigating officers made the grim discovery on Friday after receiving information from members of the public. The remains were found on the banks of the River Dee in High Cherry - not far from Catherine's home in Mould.

The news follows a separate discovery of remains in nearby Sealand on October 31 - which have also been identified as belonging to Catherine.

DCI Pierce repeated his appeal for any information regarding any sightings of Catherine’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.”

Catherine has not been seen since approximately 8.40pm on Friday 12th October 2012 when she was sighted on CCTV leaving Asda Supermarket in Queensferry.

46 year old Clive Sharp has been charged with her murder and he is due to appear in court January.

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