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No remains found in latest search for 'disappeared' Catholic woman

The PSNI were following up on new information given to them.
Feb 22nd 2016, 12:56 PM 20,779 34

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POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland investigating the disappearance and murder of a woman 11 years ago have concluded their latest search with no human remains found.

Last week, police began searching for Lisa Dorrian’s remains in land around Newtownards road, outside of the town of Comber in Co Down.

Lisa, a 25-year-old Catholic, went missing 11 years ago in the early hours of the morning of 28 February. She is thought to have been ‘disappeared’ by Loyalist paramilitaries.

Her body was never found but police believe that she was murdered.

Police said that the latest search was due to ‘new information’ that had been provided to the investigation team.

While the investigation team found no human remains, officers said that a ‘number of items’ had been removed for further investigation.

Neither Lisa nor her family had any dealings in the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Her disappearance is understood to have been related to a drugs debt.


lisa dorrian search 3 15 feb 2016 (2) Investigators searching for Lisa's remains Source: PSNI

Commenting on the investigation, chief inspector Justyn Galloway from the Serious Crime Branch of the PSNI said that their enquiries were continuing:

“We would again appeal to those individuals who know what happened to Lisa to provide that information,” he said.

This would enable Lisa’s family to have some degree of closure as they face another anniversary of her disappearance in the coming days without the answers they so desperately crave and deserve.

Lisa’s disappearance in 2005 sparked a huge search effort. But despite having at one point 1,200 PSNI involved in trying to find her, no trace of her body was ever found.

Lisa’s family have never given up on trying to find out what happened to her. Her mother Patricia Dorrian passed away in December.

The PSNI said that the latest search for Lisa was sparked by new information, given by someone ‘who is not interested in publicity’.

Read: The mother of ‘disappeared’ Catholic woman Lisa Dorrian has died

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