The Police Service of Northern Ireland took part in an online commemorative ceremony this morning to mark the ninth annual national Missing Persons Day.
National Missing Persons Day is an all-Ireland day of commemoration, providing an opportunity for family members and friends of missing persons to remember their loved ones and to appeal to the public for any information that might be of assistance to police.
Across the island there are 876 long term missing cases being investigated, 61 of whom went missing in Northern Ireland.
A video was shared as part of the event of the family of 25 year old Lisa Dorrian, who disappeared after attending a party at a caravan park in the seaside village of Ballyhalbert, County Down. Lisa’s body has never been found.
Speaking in the video her sister, Joanne Dorrian said: “We wholeheartedly try every day to find Lisa and bring those people to justice. We have a little bench and a tree in Castle Park in Bangor, and that does bring us some solace, but it in no way replaces having a place to go and feel close to Lisa.”
Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy who is leading the investigation into Lisa’s disappearance said: “This day is an incredibly useful and important way to raise awareness of missing people across the island of Ireland.
“The families and loved ones of missing people deserve answers. I would encourage anyone who may have information about the whereabouts of a missing person to come forward. Any information, even if it appears insignificant or irrelevant, could be the missing piece to the puzzle that investigating officers need.
“You can always call 101 with information or if you’d prefer to remain anonymous you can call CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.”
To watch this year’s virtual ceremony please visit www.justice.ie.