Police have renewed their appeal for help solving the murder of young co-down woman Lisa Dorrian, whose body was never found almost 18 years ago.
Despite a £20,000 Crimestoppers reward for information leading to the conviction of the Bangor woman’s killer or the discovery of her body, her family still have no answers.
The 25-year-old was last seen alive at a party at Ballyhalbert Caravan Park on February 27, 2005, and is believed to have been murdered that Sunday night or in the early hours of the following morning.
PSNI Detective Superintendent Eamonn Corrigan said extensive search operations and thousands of lines of investigation had been completed.
“[But] Lisa’s body has not been found and those responsible for her murder have not been brought to justice,” he added.
“It has been almost 18 years and the pain Lisa’s family still feels is understandably as bad as ever.
“Lisa’s family and friends will never give up their search for answers, and our resolve remains steadfast.”
Lisa’s mother Pat died in 2015 without getting the answers she was so desperate for.
Earlier this year, Lisa’s family launched an online fundraiser to allow them to offer their own reward money to anyone who provides vital information and nearly £66,000 has been raised.
“This reward will only ever be paid to someone if it results in the recovery of Lisa’s body as that is our main priority,” said her heartbroken sister Joanne.
The truth fighter has always maintained that it’s not just the killer who holds the key to solving the mystery.
“We believe there is someone other than the killer who knows where Lisa is now and can help us,” she added.
But Joanne also hopes that the person responsible for her family’s misery will have a pang of conscience.
She has previously referenced graffiti “asking a certain person” where Lisa is to add to the pressure they must be under.
It is believed that Lisa was strangled and her body secretly buried near the trailer park, which was deserted due to the time of year.
Her killer is said to have summoned help to hide the seller’s body.
The senior police officer leading the investigation believes those responsible for the murder and those holding back key information must be exhausted to ensure their secret is never exposed.
DS Corrigan said it was highly unusual for a reward to be offered for helping locate human remains.
“Those responsible and those withholding information must have a heavy conscience, right?” he added.
“You are denying this family the most basic rights and that is the right to put their loved one to rest,” he added.
“It’s not too late to do the right thing and help end years of agony in some way.
“I would ask you to imagine for just a minute how Lisa’s family and friends must be feeling every waking day.
“Please examine your conscience and step forward.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/end-18-years-of-torment-for-lisa-dorrians-family-and-bring-killer-to-justice-police-urge-42201478.html End 18 years of torture for Lisa Dorrian’s family and bring killer to justice, police are demanding