The search for Catherine continues
20/11/2012North Wales Police
investigating the murder of Mold vet Catherine Gowing continue to
search despite human remains already discovered in Sealand and the
banks of the River Dee being identified as Catherine’s.
Senior Investigating Officer DCI Mark Pierce
said “Whilst we are still receiving information about possible
sightings of Catherine, the vehicles involved and Sharpe we will
continue in our endeavours. Searches will continue whilst
there are active lines of enquiry to pursue and that is why I am
still appealing for further information and looking for further
witnesses to come forward”
Sergeant Neil Parkes, North Wales Police
search advisor is coordinating the searches and he gave an insight
into the scale and scope he and his colleagues have encountered
over the last five weeks.
“The search for Catherine Gowing is the
largest search operation conducted by North Wales Police. The
terrain thus far has been extremely challenging involving large
areas of woodland, disused quarries, water courses, cess pits and
other open areas. We are also searching houses and vehicles
with each receiving its own sequential search sector.
“To date there have been over 30 individual
search areas comprising over 90 separate search sectors. Some
areas such as, for example ‘Quarry 1’ have been so large that they
have comprised 12 separate search sectors.
“In addition 15 separate water course have
been searched involving ponds and lakes of various sizes, including
the River Dee on the Cheshire border. These searches have
been completed by the North West Under Water Search Unit.
Further support has been received from both Police and private
sector dog handlers in addition to the Force helicopter which has
been used to provide an aerial search and photographic
facility. We are being fully supported by our colleagues in
Cheshire Police who provided specialist search officers.
“The search strategy is quality assessed on a
regular basis by the National Search Centre from the National
Policing Improvement Agency. This is to ensure that the
correct decisions are made and that search areas continue to be
based around intelligence and are systematic in their
“To date, i.e. Tuesday 20th
November there have been over 40 specially trained Police officers
working over a 25 day period. Approximately 15 officers are
being deployed on a daily basis which assisted by Cheshire Police
providing a team of 20 officers for two weeks equates to a total of
over 6250 search hours. However this total does not include
significant commitments from air support and the under water search
“Our searches are based in part on information
and intelligence received from members of the public. Fresh
information continues to generate further search areas, for example
since last Thursday 15th November and up to today the
Underwater Search Team Unit have been searching another sector
within Pinfold Lane, Alltami”
PS Parkes concluded “Despite the scale, scope
and very often difficult terrain the team have remained very
positive and we are determined to do the best we can.
The visit by Catherine’s family was very humbling and their
inspiration and strength has been a real driving force for us”
DCI Pierce added “Catherine’s family are being
fully updated with all developments. Together with Sgt Parkes
and a Family Liaison Officer Det Sgt Thomas we visited the family
home in Co Offaly last Thursday (15th November) and gave
the extended family a comprehensive break down of the
investigation. Emma and her family are enormously
grateful to the public of north Wales and asked me to convey their
heart felt gratitude. They understand the importance of any
information no matter how insignificant it may appear and are once
more reaching out to local community for assistance”
DCI Pierce repeated his appeal for any
information regarding any sightings of Catherine Gowing’s Irish
registered Renault Clio 00D 99970 and Clive Sharp’s black Volvo S40
AG58 JHE since Friday 12th October and particularly in
the Sealand and River Dee areas.
Catherine Gowing has not been seen since
approximately 8.40pm on Friday 12th October 2012 when
she was sighted on CCTV leaving Asda Supermarket in Queensferry.
Since that time 46 year old Clive Sharp has been charged with
Anyone one with information about sightings or
any suspicious activity in the Sealand area is asked to call North
Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.