Oct 19 2012 By Cheryl Mullin
POLICE searching for a missing vet have cordoned off a burned-out car found close to her home.
Catherine Gowing, 37, has been missing since she failed to arrive at work at the Evans Veterinary Practice in Mold, North Wales, on Monday.
North Wales Police said today that they are carrying out forensic examinations on a five-door Renault Clio which matched the description of Ms Gowing’s vehicle and had been found torched.
A 46-year-old man from Gwynedd remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of her murder on Tuesday night.
Detective Superintendent John Hanson said “Following an appeal for information regarding the whereabouts of Catherine Gowing's Renault Clio motor vehicle, at about 7.15pm yesterday evening a member of the public contacted police regarding the discovery of a burnt-out car in Pinfold Lane, Alltami, near Mold.
“Attending police officers have been able to confirm this is a five-door Renault Clio but at this time we cannot be sure it is Catherine’s car.
“The area has been cordoned off and forensically secured and an examination of the vehicle and immediate area continues to establish the vehicle’s true identity and secure any evidence which may assist us to find Catherine.”
The car was found around two miles from Ms Gowing’s home in New Brighton, Flintshire.
The last recorded sighting of her was at a supermarket in Queensferry last Friday evening and officers have been scouring CCTV and carrying out a forensic examination of her home as they try to establish her whereabouts.
Appearing at a press conference yesterday, Ms Gowing’s sister Emma broke down in tears as she asked the public for help in tracking down her sister.
She said: “We are desperate to hear any news of Catherine’s whereabouts.
“Please look, please search, please help us find our beautiful sister.”
Evans Veterinary Practice owner David Evans has revealed that a text message was sent from Ms Gowing's phone after she was last seen alive.
But her phone only sent half the message over the weekend to a nurse who worked with her.
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.
Mr Evans said Ms Gowing had worked at the practice for 18 months and described her as a “very caring, dear person”.
“She was very popular not only with clients but with the staff,” he added.
She left work at the surgery in Clayton Road, Mold, at about 7pm on Friday and was then seen at Asda in Queensferry at 8.06pm before leaving at 8.39pm.
She was wearing blue jeans, a light brown/khaki zip-up fleece top with white sleeves and white side panels, and plain black flat shoes. Her brown hair was tied up.
She is about 5ft 10in, of slim, athletic build, and speaks with an Irish accent.
Ms Gowing, who is originally from Clonlee, Co Offaly, in the Irish Republic, was also carrying a bright brown saddle bag over her shoulder and across her body and was carrying an Asda plastic bag and a pizza-type box.
Police believe she drove home to Cae Isa, New Brighton, in her work car, a Vauxhall Corsa, which was recovered earlier.
Police were yesterday granted a 36-hour extension to question the suspect, who is known to frequent the New Brighton area and is known to Ms Gowing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact North Wales Police on 101.