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Friday 15 November 2019

Police trawl fishing pond in search for remains of vet

Mark O'Regan

WELSH police are searching a fishing pond for further human remains belonging to missing Irish vet Catherine Gowing, in a significant development in the investigation.

A police dive team searched the pond, known locally as 'The Trap', adding to fears that the 37-year-old was dismembered and her body scattered in various locations.

The pond is located off Ewloe Place, but police refused to reveal the exact location in case the search is "interfered with" or "attracts unwanted attention" from the public.

Ms Gowing, originally from Clareen, near Birr, Co Offaly, vanished on October 12 having left her workplace at a veterinary practice in Mold.

The following week, Welshman Clive Sharp (46) was arrested and charged with her murder. North Wales Police found the remains matching Ms Gowing last month in Manor Road, Sealand, near where Mr Sharp used to live, and 3km from where Catherine was last seen on CCTV at an Asda supermarket.

Further human remains were found two days later a short distance away in the River Dee near Chester, just over the border in England.

North Wales Police said: "We're searching the fishing pond and are likely to be there for the remainder of the week."

Irish Independent

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