Detectives from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch are making an appeal for information about the murder of Lisa Dorrian, on the sixth anniversary of her disappearance.
Lisa, who was 25 and from Bangor, County Down, disappeared after a party at a caravan site in Ballyhalbert in County Down on 28 February 2005.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway, said the continuing uncertainty over Lisa’s fate means her family and friends’ grief has not eased: “Despite extensive air, land, and sea searches, we have been unable to locate Lisa’s body. For six years, Lisa’s mother and father and three sisters, have suffered intolerable grief. They cannot even begin to move on with their lives until her body is found.
“This investigation will not be concluded until Lisa’s body is recovered and her killer or killers caught. There are individuals who have knowledge of how she died, and how her body was disposed of. By holding on to these secrets, they prolong a grieving family’s agony.
“I have a message for those individuals. The longer you stay silent, the longer Lisa’s family will suffer. As time passes, and you continue to hold on to these grim secrets, you will have to wrestle with your own conscience. Come forward now and tell us what happened to Lisa Dorrian. She was 25 years old and she had the rest of her life to live.
“She could have gone on to have a successful career, get married and raise a family. Instead, all her family and friends have to celebrate Lisa’s short life are photographs and memories. Their suffering is down to your silence, and your silence will one day consume you with guilt.
“Be brave and be honest. Lift the phone and tell us what you know about Lisa’s last movements on February 28 2005, what led to her death, and what you did with her body.” he said.
Anyone with information should call detectives on 0845 600 8000. Or, 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.