28/02/2008

Three Years On, Missing Lisa's Family Seek Closure

Three years to the day since the disappearance of 25-year-old Bangor woman Lisa Dorrian, a senior police office has renewed appeals for information on the location of the girl's body, after her assumed murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Sean Wright has said those with information about her must break their three-year silence and let her family lay her to rest.

"The key to solving this case, and bringing closure to Lisa's family, is held by a very small group of people. These people could make a real difference to Lisa's family at this difficult time - it is not too late," he said.

Mr Wright added: "They know who they are and detectives will continue to try and glean information from the community as part of ongoing efforts to find Lisa and lead police to whoever killed her.

"We appreciate that the third anniversary of Lisa's disappearance is a very difficult and emotional time for her family.

"Our work will continue and those responsible for Lisa's death should take no comfort from the fact that, thus far, they have not been made amenable."

Lisa went missing in the early hours of February 28, 2005, from a caravan at Ballyhalbert.

Police believe her body was moved out to sea some months after she was murdered and have appealed to people in the sailing community to come forward with any information they believe may be useful.

For the past three years the heartbroken Dorrian family have campaigned tirelessly for Lisa's body to be returned to them.

Her sister Joanne has said the family, who have issued a £30,000 reward for information, are no longer concerned about justice, they just want to find her body.

"We have been living with the nightmare of not knowing where Lisa is for the last three years and the pain is just getting worse as each day passes.

"If we were presented with the choice of securing justice for my sister's killing or having her home then we would chose getting Lisa back every time," she has said.

Anyone with information about Lisa's disappearance, her murder or where her body rests, has been asked to contact detectives on 0845 600 8000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Alternatively, people can send information anonymously to Lisa's family via their website: www.lisadorrian.co.uk.

(BMcC)


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