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Sister praises police in search for missing vet

THE sister of missing Irish vet Catherine Gowing met Welsh police searching for her body in a quarry and woodland.

Emma Gowing and her husband, Shay Maguire, talked to search co-ordinator, Chief Inspector Dave Roome and more than 30 search team officers from North Wales and Cheshire in an "emotional meeting" at the site where Catherine's Renault Clio was found burned out last Friday.

The poignant meeting took place at the search site in Pinfold Lane, Altami, where dog teams and underwater search officers have been scouring a nearby quarry and woods.

Emma and Shay said: "Today is our wedding anniversary and Catherine was our maid of honour. We are desperate to find and bring her home. Please help us bring her home."

Ms Gowing (37), originally from Clonlee in Co Offaly, was last seen on the evening of Friday, October 12 in a supermarket near her home in New Brighton, Flintshire.

A 46-year-old Welshman Clive Sharp (46), of no fixed address, has been charged with her murder.

Sharp was remanded in custody at Caernarfon Crown Court until January 7, when he is due to enter his plea.


Emma and Shay said they had the opportunity to meet with some of the "excellent search teams from North Wales and Cheshire 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," they said.

"We have been so heartened by all the support received from the public, especially all those who have approached us personally and shared such kind words. Thank you all."