Thursday 22 March 2018

Police narrow search to secluded countryside area

PINFOLD Lane is less than three kilometres from the house in the north Wales village of New Brighton that has been home to Catherine Gowing for 18 months.

Since she moved to Wales to take up her dream job in a veterinary practice, she became a fixture on the farms of Flintshire as she tended to animals large and small in a rural community dotted with villages.

Pinfold Lane, on the edge of the town of Mold, is about as secluded a place as you can find.

It was there, just next to a small industrial estate and bordering a disused quarry, that police found her burnt out Renault Clio on Thursday night.

Police trudged through difficult countryside looking for what now can only be a body.

Welshman Clive Sharp has been charged with Catherine's murder, and he is due to appear in court today.

Police cordoned off approximately one and half miles of the quiet country road.

At noon, three large police trucks carrying more officers and search equipment arrived on the scene.

One of the trucks bore a pink ribbon attached to its bumper, a symbol of the ongoing search for missing five-year-old April Jones.

It was a chilling reminder that she is also missing and feared dead elsewhere in Wales.

Police dog teams were dispatched, while helicopters and a diving unit made for a small lake in the disused quarry.

A senior police officer detective superintendent John Hanson later said: "I think the significance of the quarry pool is that the pool is in close proximity to where the vehicle has been found."

He pledged that the search for Catherine's body would continue and warned that the search "is likely to take some time".

Irish Independent

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