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Murder Investigation

'She deserves to be laid to rest': Family appeal for information on 12th anniversary of woman's disappearance

Lisa Dorrian from Bangor disappeared after a party in 2005.

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POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland and the family of Lisa Dorrian are today making a renewed appeal for information about the missing Bangor woman on the 12th anniversary of her disappearance.

A poignant video message (above) from two of Lisa’s sisters and her father John, along with the Senior Investigating Officer in the case, Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway, has been released to mark the anniversary.

Lisa, who was 25 when she was last seen, disappeared after a party at a caravan site in Ballyhalbert on 28 February 2005. Her body has yet to be found, but police believe she was murdered.

Lisa’s sister Joanne said: “Today we are making this video appeal as it’s been 12 years since our sister went missing. We know we have the support of the people in Northern Ireland, and in fact across the world, and we are so grateful for that but this appeal is specifically to the person who was with Lisa at the moment she died.

We don’t need to remind you how beautiful, funny and loving Lisa was … you know that because you knew her. She thought you were her friend. Lisa trusted you.

“Think back to that night, I’m sure it’s not hard to do … it mustn’t ever be far from your thoughts. Think about what happened when Lisa died, how you panicked and made a decision that would change your life and our lives forever.

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“Then think of Lisa. Remember how she loved to laugh and have a good time. How she spoke of her dreams and plans for the future. The future she would never have after that night.

“Lisa was 25 when she died and went missing. She should now be 37.

We lost our mum, Lisa’s mum, last year. She was only 59 and never ever got over losing Lisa. The thought of her daughter out there with no grave tortured her, as it must do you. We often say we never ever got over losing Lisa, but our mum couldn’t even function on a daily basis. We lost our mum and sister the day Lisa died.

“Two weeks ago we lost our nanny, Lisa’s nanny. One of the last things she said to me as she was leaving this earth was that Lisa was at the end of her bed and was waiting with her. Our nanny and mum now have the answers we are trying to find. But you can help us find Lisa in this life, not the next.”

Lisa’s father John added: “My daughter Lisa deserves to be found and laid to rest with her mum. We all think of Lisa every day. I’m sure you do too. Just tell us where she is. It’s never too late to tell us. A place is all we need. Please help yourself by easing your conscience. Tell us where Lisa is.”

‘Substantial’ investigation 

The PSNI has described the investigation into Lisa’s disappearance and murder as “substantial”. It has involved:

  • The identification of more than 4,000 witnesses
  • Taking statements from 571 people.
  • 275 searches, 194 of them in caravans and outbuildings
  • Eight arrests on suspicion of murder and a number of others for unrelated drugs offences

Detective Chief Inspector Galloway from Serious Crime Branch said: “For 12 years, Lisa’s family and friends have suffered intolerable grief. They cannot even begin to move on with their lives until her body is found.

Sadly Lisa’s mother passed away last year without getting the answers she so badly wanted but the nightmare still goes on for Lisa’s father and three sisters. They continue to feel the pain and suffering of not knowing what happened to their loved one.

“This remains a live police investigation, but we need the public’s help. We need you to tell us what you know.”

Anyone with information has been asked to call detectives on 101. If someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

More information on the case can be read here.

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