Karen Dixon, District Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wales, said:
"The Crown Prosecution Service has been in close contact with North Wales Police as their investigation into Catherine Gowing’s disappearance has developed.
"We can now confirm that, having carefully carried out a detailed review of the evidence gathered so far by North Wales Police, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge Clive Sharpe with the murder of Catherine Gowing and that it is in the public interest to do so.
"Accordingly, we have authorised North Wales Police to charge the defendant and he will appear before Mold Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning.
"This is an extremely serious criminal charge and the police investigation continues. It is therefore vital that nothing is published that may hamper either the ongoing police enquiries or the defendant's right to a fair trial."