The family of a missing vet vowed to "bring her home" as a man appeared in court charged with her murder.
Catherine Gowing's sister, Emma, sat in the public gallery at Mold Magistrates' Court as Clive Sharp, 46, stood just yards away in the dock.
The defendant, of no fixed address, spoke only to give his name and date of birth and confirm that he understood the charge - that he is accused of murdering Ms Gowing in North Wales between October 11 and 17.
Emma Gowing, accompanied by her husband, Shay Maguire, and two police family liaison officers, leaned forward in her seat to get a closer view of Sharp, who fixed his gaze towards the magistrates' bench.
Bench chairman David Tapp remanded Sharp in custody to appear at Caernarfon Crown Court on Tuesday.