Millionaire father donates £50,000 to reward a fund to search for murdered woman’s grave

The only donation was made by businessman Barrie Drewitt-Barlow on Wednesday to help find the body of Lisa Dorrian

Lisa Dorrian
Lisa Dorrian, who disappeared in 2005

A six-time multimillionaire has donated £50,000 to top up a reward fund offered for information about a murdered woman’s grave.

The only donation was made by businessman Barrie Drewitt-Barlow on Wednesday to help find the body of Lisa Dorrian.

He reached out to Lisa’s sister Joanne Dorrian from his base in the US after spotting the Let’s Find Lisa campaign on Twitter.

Barrie said: “As a father who lives for my children, I felt compelled to come forward and offer my help to Lisa’s sister, Joanne, as I could see all the effort her family has put into caring for Lisa over the past few years Find.

“I tried for a moment to imagine living in their shoes and it was immediately clear to me that these are not shoes I would ever want to live in.”

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow



Manchester-born Barrie became one of Britain’s most famous fathers after he and now ex-husband Tony became the UK’s first gay couple to be registered as parents together after welcoming twins Saffron and Aspen via surrogacy in 1999, followed from a son. Orlando.

They waited 11 years and spent £1million on their IVF journey.

Barrie said he was moved by the Dorrian family’s continued devotion to Lisa 17 years after her murder at a trailer park in Ballyhalbert, Co Down.

Barrie confirmed he had offered the £50,000 donation to top up the fund to pull out the final information needed to lead the Dorrians to Lisa’s burial site. Only then can they give the 25-year-old the dignified funeral they have been wanting for years.

Barrie said, “I really hope that this donation to her rewards fund encourages the person who knows where Lisa is to be brave and speak up.”

Lisa’s sister Joanne, a missing persons activist and victims advocate, said the donation came out of the blue and left her and her family stunned but thrilled.

She explained: “We launched the rewards fund just a week ago and were thrilled when the fund reached almost £9,000 in total which is fantastic.

Lisa Dorrian’s father John and her sisters Michelle (centre) and Joanne (right) sit on a memorial bench for Lisa



“So we were blown away when Barrie got in touch and offered £50,000 to the fund. It’s just amazing, potentially life changing for someone.

“We’d like to offer as much as we can to the person letting us know where Lisa is in the hopes they see it as a way to pay for a fresh start, knowing they’ve given us peace and Lisa.” has given the dignity of burial and resting place she so deserves.

Manchester-born Barrie was unaware of Lisa’s Manchester connections when he decided to step in. Both Lisa and her mother Pat were born in Oldham, Manchester and spent many happy years there before moving to Northern Ireland together.

Barrie said: “Being able to help people from my hometown feels even better since learning about the Manchester connection to Lisa’s family on her mother’s side. I would encourage others to do the same.”

Sadly, overwhelmed by 10 years of grief for Lisa, Pat Dorrian passed away in 2015 at the age of 59.

She was buried in Clandeboye Cemetery in Bangor and it is now hoped the reward will help pass on information so shop assistant Lisa can be buried 17 years after she was murdered and her body intentionally disappeared to trace the traces of her killer to blur .

Lisa was last seen on February 28, 2005 at a party at a trailer park in Ballyhalbert. Her death and the ongoing police investigation were recently the subject of a four-part BBC documentary series entitled Murder In The Badlands.

Family finance GoFundMe can be visited here.

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