Sam Ledward, who lives near Mold, says it was 'sheer luck' that a hospital porter saw him move as he was wheeled to the mortuary.
Police are also awaiting identification of further remains found on the banks of the River Dee in Chester on Friday.
The 37-year-old has now been missing from her home in Flintshire for over three weeks.
A man who raped and murdered a woman from north Wales will serve a minimum of 37 years in prison. Clive Sharp admitted killing Catherine Gowing at a hearing last month.
Today her sister said he has caused her family "unimaginable pain and the recurring nightmare of what he did to her."
Rob Shelley was at Mold Crown Court.
Emma Gowing, Catherine Gowing's sister, gave a moving speech outside Mold Crown Court today where she described her sister as "a beautiful light, that shined very brightly".
Passing sentence, Mr Justice Griffith Williams told Sharp: "This is a horrific, cold hearted murder, carried out to gratify your perverted sexual desires."
Sharp, dressed in grey jogging bottoms and a grey jumper, made no reaction but the victim's sister, Emma, sat in the public gallery just yards from the dock, did not take her eyes off the defendant throughout the 50 minute hearing.
Clive Sharp, the man who murdered Irish vet Catherine Gowing, has been jailed for life at Mold Crown Court and ordered to serve a minimum of 37 years behind bars before he can be considered for parole.
The man who pleaded guilty to murdering Flintshire vet Catherine Gowing will be sentenced today. Clive Sharp, 46, of no fixed abode, was remanded in custody at Mold Crown Court last month after admitting killing the 37 year old.
Originally from Ireland, Ms Gowing went missing in October last year.
A couple who live near Prestatyn are trying to get a change in the law after a retaining wall collapsed and killed their three-year old-daughter.
Peter and Lindsay Burgess want building regulations extended following the death of Meg in 2008.
Today the issue was raised in parliament. Ian Lang has the story.
The parents of a three-year-old girl who died after a wall collapsed on her are campaigning to include retaining and load-bearing walls under current building regulations.
Meg Burgess suffered 'catastrophic' injuries during the tragedy, which happened near Prestatyn in 2008. It later emerged in court that the wall had not been built to the standard required.
Lindsay and Peter Burgess have won the backing of Chester MP Stephen Mosley, who will present a Ten Minute Rule Motion in the House of Commons later on the issue of wall safety.
He said Meg's case 'serves to highlight the importance of proper regulation of the domestic building trade'.
Last October, 49-year-old company director George Collier, from Kinmel Bay, was jailed for two years after being convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of gross negligence following Meg's death.
Sentencing of Clive Sharp, who has admitted murdering Flintshire vet Catherine Gowing, has been adjourned until next month. He has been remanded in custody until then.
The judge, Mr Justice Griffith-Williams, said: 'There is only one sentence I can pass on you for this offence, as you will know."I have to work out what the minimum term you will serve is before the Parole Board consider you for release - if you are ever to be released.'
A man has admitted murdering of Flintshire vet Catherine Gowing. Clive Sharp, 46 and of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to her murder at Mold Crown Court.
The 37-year-old, who is originally from Ireland, went missing in October. Her body has never been fully recovered, although remains - identified as hers - were found at two locations in Flintshire, and near Chester.