18 December 2005

Remember Lisa this Xmas

Sunday Life

By Stephen Breen
18 December 2005

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THIS time last year, the Dorrian family were busy preparing for Christmas and the New Year.

But, when Christmas Day falls next Sunday, it will just seem like any other day to the Dorrians.

For the family's thoughts will not be on opening presents or the Christmas turkey.

Instead, they will be dominated by the disappearance and murder of their daughter, Lisa.

Lisa (25), who lived for Christmas, vanished after attending a party in Ballyhalbert in February.

Since then, the murder-victim's heartbroken family have embarked on a campaign to have her body returned and her evil killers brought to justice.

A number of searches have been undertaken in recent weeks by cops, but they have failed to locate the missing woman.

Although they have not been thinking about Christmas, the family will do their best to make it special for Lisa's nine-year-old sister, Ciara, and nephew, Ryan (5).

Speaking to Sunday Life at their home in Conlig, Co Down, Lisa's dad, John, spoke of his family's pain at spending Christmas without her.

He said: "There will be an empty space at our table and in our hearts this Christmas and we can't believe it.

"The last 10 months have been a living hell."

He added: "We will all wake up on Christmas morning with the same questions that we have had for the last 10 months: 'Where is Lisa?' and 'What have these evil people done with her?'

"Lisa loved Christmas and we had a great time last year. Little did we know that it would be the last Christmas we would ever spend with her.

"It will be hard on Christmas Day, but we will have to put on a brave face for the kids.

"My wife, Pat, and I went out the other night for dinner, but we had to come home early because we were just thinking about our daughter.

"Her sisters, Joanne and Michelle, will also be devastated, because we did the baby-sitting on New Year's Eve and the girls always went out.

"But, this year, that has been taken away from them. And for what? What motive lies behind this evil crime?"

The distraught father also made a heartfelt plea to the killers to tell police where Lisa's body is.

"I want these people to think of their own family, and how they would think if they didn't have their daughter or sister at Christmas," he said.

"All we want is for her body to be returned, because we haven't been able to grieve properly since this whole nightmare began.

"Our pain is getting worse the longer this goes on.

"That's why, at this time of year, I am pleading with these people to tell us where she is. All it takes is a phonecall.

"We know the suspects have brothers and sisters, and if they could only imagine what we are going through and if it happened to their family.

"How can they live with themselves by putting us through this pain? All we want for Christmas is for Lisa's body to be returned and, when it comes into 2006, we will step up our campaign for justice."

sbreen@belfast telegraph.co.uk

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