Family plea for body of Down woman believed murdered 10 years ago

The family of a murdered hairdresser have pleaded with those who know where her body is to end their torment.

Family plea for body of Down woman believed murdered 10 years ago

The family of a murdered hairdresser have pleaded with those who know where her body is to end their torment.

The parents and three sisters of Lisa Dorrian issued an emotional appeal for help finding her remains ahead of the tenth anniversary of her disappearance.

The 25-year-old from Bangor, Co Down, went missing after a party on a caravan site 20 miles away in the coastal village of Ballyhalbert on the Ards peninsula on February 28, 2005.

While a body has never been found police believe she was murdered.

Despite eight arrests on suspicion of murder, the identification of around 4,000 potential witnesses and 275 searches, no one has been brought to justice.

Police Service of Northern Ireland detectives believe a “small circle of people” know where Lisa’s body is.

An awareness raising campaign has been launched to coincide with the tenth anniversary and charity Crimestoppers has offered a £5,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction.

Lisa’s father John made a direct appeal to those who know what happened.

“After ten years their relationships might have changed, they might have kids of their own – can they imagine what it would be like if one of their children went missing?” he asked.

“All they have to do is listen to their conscience.”

He added: “The justice thing can take care of itself afterwards, but we would like to find Lisa to give her a Christian burial.”

Lisa’s mother Pat described her as a “bubbly, beautiful and funny girl”.

“She always wore the best of gear,” she said.

“She took me to Dublin one time and I just felt like Ruby Wax carrying all the designer bags while she walked round all the designer shops.”

Also appealing to those involved, she said the family had struggled each and every day of the last decade.

“Listen and watch and see the pain on our faces when you see this on the news or in the newspapers,” she said.

Lisa’s sister Joanne said the family’s campaign to find her would never end.

“She doesn’t deserve this, she needs to be found,” she said.

“We are always hopeful, we will always remain hopeful because we know there is somebody out there who can end this for us – so we will never give up hope on Lisa, or on them to do the right thing.

“Our lives have been on hold, none of us have lived the way we should be living. We obviously have got through the days, we have got through the weeks and months and years but we haven’t enjoyed life the way we should have because there is a gaping hole when Lisa is not here and Lisa has not been found.”

She added: “I’ll never give up on Lisa, we talk about her everyday, we think about her every hour of the day. While there is breath in our bodies we will always campaign to find Lisa.”

A short video appealing for information is to be shown in cinemas while adverts will be placed in a number of pubs and clubs. A social media drive with the hashtag #letsfindlisa is also being started.

The PSNI officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway, called on those with information to end the family’s nightmare.

“A lot has changed in ten years,” he said. “Relationships have changed, people are not in the same circle of friends, people are not living the same lifestyle they were living ten years ago and I firmly believe that some of those people now are in a much better, much different place and it is directly to those people that we issue this appeal today.

“Lift the phone and talk to us and end the misery the family have endured for ten years.”

Police in the North have set up a direct line to the detectives on 101 (ext 60507) while Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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