Second set of human remains identified as those of missing Offaly woman

Police in Wales have confirmed that the second set human remains found on the banks of the River Dee last Friday are those of Irish woman Catherine Gowing.

It follows confirmation that remains found two days previously in the Sealand area belonged to the missing vet, who was originally from Clonlee in Co Offaly.

Senior investigating officer in the case, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Pierce, said: “The results have been passed to Catherine’s family.

“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.”

Mr Pierce repeated his appeal for any information regarding any sightings of Catherine’s Irish-registered Renault Clio, 00D 99970, and a black Volvo S40, registration AG58 JHE, since Friday October 12.

Police are particularly interested in sightings in the Sealand and River Dee areas.

Mr Pierce 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 on 101.”

Ms Gowing was reported missing when she failed to arrive for work at Evans Veterinary Practice in Mold, Flintshire, on Monday October 15.

Later that week police recovered her car which had been torched and abandoned in a disused quarry.

Clive Sharp (aged 46) of no fixed address, has been charged with murder and was remanded in custody until January 7 when he is due to enter his plea.

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