28/02/2006

Police make fresh appeal in Lisa Dorrian case

Detectives investigating the murder of 25-year-old Lisa Dorrian have today renewed their appeal for information, exactly one year after her disappearance.

The investigation team will send text messages to mobile phones belonging to people living in the North Down, Newtownards and Ards Peninsula area, in a bid to elicit more information.

Last week, police made an appeal to two groups of people living in the area: They called for people who may have noticed any suspicious activity in derelict buildings, outhouses, sheds or on secreted land around July or late August last year, to contact the police incident room; and they also urged members of the sailing, boating or fishing community, to help track the movements of a red/orange coloured Skeeter 5.50 type boat, similar to that pictured on the appeal poster.

The text message is hoped to encourage anyone who may have seen the boat, or have noticed anything unusual in outdoor buildings to get in touch with authorities.

It is understood that the message will be sent to around 800 telephone users.

Lisa Dorrian was last seen exactly a year ago at a party at Ballyhalbert caravan site in County Down.

Despite extensive land and sea search operations, her body has never been found.

The Dorrian family have offered a £10,000 reward for any information leading to the recovery of Lisa's body.

Anyone with any information relating to the Lisa Dorrian case is urged to contact a special police phone line on 028 90 561880, or on the Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111.

A website at www.lisadorrian.co.uk has also been set up in a bid to encourage anyone with information on the murder to come forward.

(EF/SP)

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