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Jonathan Cairns murder: woman released on bail

Jonathan Cairns was murdered 20 years ago

A 44-YEAR-OLD woman arrested on suspicion of murdering a Co Derry teenager 20 years ago has been released on bail.

Jonathan Cairns (18) was attacked and killed in Ballykelly on his way home from a night out in April 1999.

His body was discovered in a shallow grave at Loughermore Forest close to his Ballykelly home. No-one has ever been convicted of the murder although a 49-year-old man was sentenced to five years in prison in 2002 for perverting the course of justice.

The PSNI said a 44-year-old woman was arrested in Dungiven on Tuesday but was released on bail yesterday "pending further enquiries".

Det Insp Adrian Brown said the teenager's family and friends "have suffered intolerable grief" and "deserve answers".

He appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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