29 October 2005

Backing in search for Lisa's body

Belfast Telegraph

Woodward and Orde join forensics bid

By Debra Douglas
newsdesk@belfasttelegraph.co.uk
29 October 2005

Chief Constable Hugh Orde and Security Minister Shaun Woodward are backing calls for a forensic expert being brought in to investigate the cases of the "Disappeared" to look into the murder of Lisa Dorrian.

Responding to a request in Parliament from North Down MP Lady Hermon to encourage the Dorrian family to maintain confidence in the police investigation, Mr Woodward said Sir Hugh continued to take an interest in the case.

He said: "He is ensuring that maximum resources are used and agrees with me and my honourable friends that we should use forensic experts to help to find Lisa's remains.

"The investigation is ongoing and we can only hope that we find Lisa's remains before long and bring the perpetrators of her death to justice."

In July, the Dorrian family, backed by Lady Hermon, requested that the remit of the forensic expert was extended to include Lisa's murder.

Both the British and Irish governments agreed to look into the possibility of doing so but, at present, the legislation only covers murders that were committed before the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

But the family are hopeful steps will be taken to adapt the legislation to include Lisa's case.

It is eight months since the 25-year-old shop assistant went missing after a party at a Ballyhalbert caravan park.

Despite sea, air and land searches and the subsequent murder inquiry, her remains have never been found.

It is widely believed individuals linked to the LVF were behind the killing but detectives have been met with a wall of silence.

A number of people were arrested in connection with her murder but all were released without charge.

A police spokeswoman said: "Police remain committed to the recovery of Lisa's body to help bring closure to her family and subsequently to bring those responsible for Lisa's murder before the courts.

"Detectives are in regular contact with the family through this difficult time and continue to urge anyone with information to come forward."

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