Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Appeal to find 'beautiful sister'

Catherine Gowing was last seen in a supermarket in Queensferry, Flintshire, on the evening of Friday, October 12

The sister of missing Irish woman Catherine Gowing, who is feared murdered in Wales, has appealed for help in finding her.

Emma Gowing asked the public for help in tracking down her "beautiful sister", whom she described as the "light of my life". Ms Gowing, from Clonlee, Co Offaly, was last seen on Friday night at a supermarket in Queensferry.

Her emotional sister broke down in tears at a press conference as she asked the local community to do "all they can" to help the search. "Please look, please search, please help us find our beautiful sister. Catherine is a kind, sensitive beautiful person. She's passionate about animals and utterly devoted to my family.

"She's my best friend, she's the light of my life and she's the light of my parents' life. If you have any information about Catherine, no matter how trivial you think it is, please contact the police," she said.

Ms Gowing's employer revealed that a text message was sent from her phone after she was last seen alive. Her phone sent half a message to a nurse who worked with her at the Evans Veterinary Practice in the town of Mold.

David Evans, owner of the practice where Ms Gowing has been based for 18 months, said staff became worried after receiving the text at the weekend.

"One of the nurses was concerned about her on Saturday or Sunday because she had half a message from her, from her mobile phone anyway," Mr Evans said. "We thought, since her car was missing, we thought maybe she had gone somewhere for the weekend or got into some difficulty or something like that."

Ms Gowing is known to have missed a weekend appointment but the alarm was not raised until Monday morning when she failed to arrive at work.

A 46-year-old man from Gwynedd remains in police custody on suspicion of murder following the 37-year-old's disappearance.

Magistrates in Prestatyn granted officers a 36-hour extension this morning to question the suspect. The man in custody is known to frequent the New Brighton area and is known to Ms Gowing.

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