Northern Ireland

Lisa Dorrian: Search at Ballyhalbert clay pits ends with 'no new evidence' found

Lisa Dorrian, from Bangor, Co Down, is presumed murdered
Lisa Dorrian, from Bangor, Co Down, is presumed murdered

A NEW search for the remains of Lisa Dorrian has ended after police found no new evidence linked to her or her disappearance.

The 25-year-old was last seen alive after attending a party at a caravan park in Ballyhalbert in 2005.

Ms Dorrian, from Bangor, Co Down, is presumed murdered.

The caravan park is just a few minutes' walk from Glastry Clay Pits, where a new search for Ms Dorrian began last month.

The search was later widened to cover a former Second World War airfield near the caravan park.

Police said yesterday no evidence relating to Ms Dorrian's disappearance was found after "several weeks of meticulous search activity".

PSNI Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: "Lisa's family have been informed and whilst they recognise and appreciate the work we have conducted, they are nevertheless devastated once more.

"For 16 years, whoever disposed of Lisa's body has denied her family a fundamental right, to bury Lisa with dignity and respect. I have reached out to anyone who was involved in disposing of Lisa's body to tell me where she is, so that I can finally give her family peace.

"Knowing where Lisa is, will have been a heavy burden for individuals to carry for the past 16 years - not knowing where Lisa is has tortured her family and caused untold distress.

"All of that burden and pain can be resolved quickly, but I need those who have that crucial information to get it to me."

Mr Murphy praised businesses and the community in Ballyhalbert and the National Trust, which manages the land where the search was taking place, "for their unwavering support".

"We will keep working with the community in our quest to find Lisa and bring justice for her family," he said.

He appealed to anyone with information about Ms Dorrian's disappearance to contact police on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.