Northern Ireland

Lisa Dorrian suspects released on bail

Missing Bangor woman Lisa Dorrian. Picture from Pacemaker
Missing Bangor woman Lisa Dorrian. Picture from Pacemaker Missing Bangor woman Lisa Dorrian. Picture from Pacemaker

A MAN and a woman arrested about the murder of missing Co Down woman Lisa Dorrian in 2005 have been released on bail.

The pair, aged 49 and 34 respectively, were arrested in the Newtownards and Ballyhalbert areas on Friday morning.

On Saturday police were given an extra 12 hours to question the pair about Ms Dorrian's killing.

The man and woman were later released on bail pending further enquiries.

Ms Dorrian was last seen, aged 25, at a party at a caravan site in Ballyhalbert on the Ards peninsula in February 2005. Police believe she was murdered.

New searches began last week at the site where she was last seen alive and a disused airfield in Ballyhalbert as part of a "large scale search operation".

Police and a military team using specialist ground penetrating radar were involved in the searches.

Ms Dorrian's sister Joanne and father John also made an emotional appeal for more information about the killing.

The missing woman's mother Pat (59) died in 2015 without knowing what had happened to her daughter.

Ssearches carried out over the years have failed to find her remains.