05 January 2006

Stop shielding Lisa’s killers, bishop urges

Irish Examiner

05 January 2006
By Paul O’Hare

PEOPLE shielding the killers of Lisa Dorrian should identify where her body was dumped, a senior churchman urged yesterday.
Church of Ireland Bishop of Down and Dromore the Right Reverend Harold Miller said: “It is morally unacceptable to leave a family not knowing where their loved one is to be found.”

Lisa, 25, went missing from a caravan site in Ballyhalbert on the Co Down coast last February. But despite extensive searches, no trace of the Bangor woman has been found.

The bishop urged people with information about Lisa’s disappearance to visit a memorial website set up by the Dorrian family.

He said: “At the beginning of a new year, the whole sense of her loss has been greatly heightened.

“We can only imagine how her family must be feeling. Thankfully, the new website about Lisa set up last month has had many responses and messages of goodwill, but, although helpful, we need more at this time.

“People in the community who have any details of her disappearance must come forward with the relevant information.”

He said anyone who knows what happened to Lisa must consider the heartbreak caused.

When the website- www.lisadorrian.co.uk - was launched last month Lisa’s sister Joanne said she hoped it would bring global attention to the case.

Since then it has attracted more than five million hits and messages of support have been posted from Australia and the US.

Detectives arrested five suspects but they were all released without charge. One line of inquiry was that loyalist paramilitaries were involved in the murder. But it is understood the senior investigating officer now does not believe that to be the case.

Ms Dorrian’s family have campaigned relentlessly in an attempt to keep public attention focused on the case. British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Irish Government have both pledged their support.

A forensic expert brought in to help trace the disappeared - those murdered and buried by the IRA at the height of the violence in the North - is also expected to examine the case.

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