Black Volvo clue in hunt for missing Catherine


Jennifer Meierhans

POLICE investigating the disappearance of missing vet Catherine Gowing have released images of a car belonging to the man charged with her murder.

As the search for Catherine continues, police are keen to trace the movements of a black Volvo owned by Gwynedd man Clive Sharp.

Officers were conducting house to house enquiries on Sealand Road, Sealand on Sunday keen to find witnesses who may have seen the car.

Senior Investigating Officer DCI Mark Pierce, of North Wales Police, said: “I am very grateful for the assistance the local community has already provided and I am once again asking for their help.

“I am now very keen to trace the movements of a vehicle owned and used by Clive Sharp between Friday, October 12 and Monday, October 15. Sharp owns a black Volvo S40 car registration number AG58 JHE.

“Please look at the photographs of his car. Did you see this vehicle at anytime between approximately 10pm on Friday, October 12 and 6pm on Monday, October 15.

“I am particularly interested in any sightings of this vehicle close to Catherine’s home in New Brighton or in-fact anywhere in the Flintshire or Cheshire border areas.”

Sharp, 46, is due to appear at Caernarfon Crown Court today charged with Catherine’s murder.

The search for missing Catherine has widened to a water-filled quarry and a stream.

Police divers have joined the hunt near to where the 37-year-old’s burnt out car was discovered in Alltami.

DCI Pierce added: “Specialist search teams have carried out searches in a number of locations in North Wales and continue to search a quarry and adjacent woodland in Alltami, near Mold where Catherine’s Renault Clio registration 00D 99970 was discovered last Friday.

“Those searches are assisted by crime scene investigators and conducted in a methodical and thorough way to ensure we take every opportunity which may help us to find Catherine.

“A cordon will remain in place at this location whilst a comprehensive search and forensic examination takes place.”

A fleet of police vehicles could be seen heading off Pinfold Lane in Alltami yesterday to access a quarry where the water is eight to ten metres deep.

Divers and paired search teams with sticks are also scouring smaller pools and a stream.

Andrew Heaton, director at A H Plant Hire, on Pinfold Lane described the scene near the business yesterday morning.

“There were three or four police vans, police cars, police officers with sticks and plain clothes police officers in cars.

“They’ve changed their direction. They are heading to the left of the quarry.

“The police blocked off the road and as the morning progressed more and more police came.”

The vet from New Brighton has been missing since October 12.

Flowers and cards line the front desk of the Mold vets where she works.

Staff at Evans Veterinary Surgery in Mold were heartbroken by the discovery of her burnt out car.

A friend and colleague at the Clayton Road vets, who did not wish to be named said: “We are all devastated.

“Up until the car was found we did have some hope but that’s diminished now.

“We are all pulling together as a work team and supporting each other in and out of work.

“Our friends and family are helping us cope.

“We just want her to be returned to her family.”

Miss Gowing, of Cae Isa, but orginally from County Offaly in Ireland, was last seen at Asda in Queensferry at 8.39pm on Friday, October 12.

Her burnt out purple Renault Clio with an Irish registration plate was recovered by police on Friday after a member of the public spotted it the evening before.

Miss Gowing’s colleague described her as “an angel loved by all staff and clients”
She added: “She was absolutely brilliant. We hit it off from day one. The minute I walked through the door she was lovely showing me the ropes and helping me fit in. She was somebody who was put here for the purpose of her job.”

DCI Pierce added: “Catherine’s family remain in North Wales and are assisting us with this investigation.

“They are being informed of developments and supported by specialist family liaison officer’s.

“Their strength and dignity have been an inspiration to us all and on their behalf I’d implore that if you have any information, no matter how insignificant you think it is, please contact the police.”

Anyone one with information about sightings or the whereabouts of this vehicle is asked to call North Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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