Fresh Plea 15 Years On From Lisa Dorrian's Murder

Fifteen years on from the day Lisa Dorrian was last seen alive, police have reminded the "small number of people" who hold the key to solving her murder that it is not too late to come forward.

The 25 year-old was murdered after attending a party in Ballyhalbert Caravan Park, Co Down on the evening of Sunday 27 February, 2005. Her body has never been found.

Detectives believe she died either that night or in the early hours of the following morning and that her killer was known to her.

Lisa's family remain resolute in their search for answers a decade and a half on.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy, who is leading the investigation, renewed his appeal for information to help relieve the grieving family's pain.

"It is now 15 years since Lisa inexplicably vanished and our thoughts today are with her family and friends," he said. "Every anniversary for the Dorrian family is incredibly difficult, but with each year that passes, their determination to find Lisa increases."
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DS Murphy continued: "I have always believed that a small number of people hold the key to us finding out what happened to Lisa. Those individuals must live forever with a heavy conscience because at this time every year, the Dorrian family will renew their vigorous and unending search for Lisa.

"Today, I am asking again for the public to help the Dorrian family – help relieve their pain and anguish and allow them to lay Lisa to rest. None of us can imagine the turmoil that they live with every single day. Somebody knows what happened and it is not too late for those people to come and talk to me and my team. I know that individuals will have wrestled with their conscience for many years and today I am giving them an opportunity for them to put that conscience to rest too. My direct appeal is to those within that close circle of knowledge to contact us.

"Only a small number of people are aware of what happened and I believe that they may have discussed this with their friends or families in the past 15 years. I want you to get in touch with police. I want the killer to know that we have pursued them for 15 years and we remain resolute in seeking justice for Lisa's family."

Police have conducted searches for Lisa's remains in recent months and continue to seek further leads regarding her whereabouts.

Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives on 101 or via the Crimestoppers anonymous line on 0800 555 111.


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