Editorial: End torment of Lisa Dorrian's family

A fresh appeal has been made for information in the case of Lisa Dorrian, the Co Down woman who disappeared almost 18 years ago.

The 25-year-old was last seen alive on the night of February 27, 2005 at a party in Ballyhalbert Caravan Park. Police believe she was murdered that night or in the early hours of the following morning.

Despite numerous appeals and extensive search operations, the body of the young shop assistant has never been found. Nor has anyone been brought to justice for her death.

As we know from the families of the Disappeared - those who were abducted, murdered and secretly buried by republicans during the Troubles - there is a profound and unrelenting need to locate a loved one and give them a dignified burial.

Denying the most fundamental right of a proper, final resting place serves to compound the unspeakable cruelty already inflicted on relatives by those who ended a life in a brutal manner.

Lisa Dorrian's family have campaigned tirelessly for answers about the disappearance of a much-loved daughter and sister.

Sadly, her mother Pat died in 2015 aged just 59 without knowing what had happened to her daughter.

As Detective Superintendent Eamonn Corrigan emphasised this week, both the family and the police are determined to find out what happened to Lisa.

He said the passage of time has not diminished the pain of the Dorrian family, which he described as 'raw as ever.'

The officer highlighted a £20,000 reward from the Crimestoppers charity, which he said was unusual in that it is being offered for either information that leads directly to the arrest and conviction of Lisa's killers or for information that results in the recovery of her body.

The information can be given anonymously, he said, and Crimestoppers will not ask for or store personal details.

Mr Corrigan urged those who can help the family to 'please search your conscience' and come forward.

It must be hoped that anyone who has any knowledge about this distressing case will think about Lisa's family.

We know that relatives condemned to years of unimaginable suffering do not give up. They continue to seek answers and press for justice.

There is an opportunity now for those involved in Lisa Dorrian's murder, or with information about the location of her body, to reflect on her family's torment and finally do what is right.