28 February 2006

Year of agony as family waits for Lisa

Belfast Telegraph

By Debra Douglas
28 February 2006

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usToday is the first anniversary of the disappearance of murdered Bangor woman Lisa Dorrian.

This day last year, the fun-loving 25-year-old disappeared after a party at a caravan park in the coastal village of Ballyhalbert on the Ards Peninsula.

One year on, her body has not been found, her killers have not been caught and her family continue to suffer immeasurable heartache.

With no grave to visit, they were today planning a quiet day at home together after a public press conference marking the anniversary last week in which they appealed once again for people with information to come forward.

In the days after the shop assistant disappeared, her family pleaded with her to come home, still hoping she would return safe and well.

But by the end of that week, the police had launched a murder inquiry.

Since then, the Dorrians have waged a tireless campaign to find their precious daughter and sister.

They launched a website and offered a reward of £10,000 for information leading to the discovery of her body. They also unveiled a "Ribbon of Hope" appeal to encourage the local community to show solidarity as well as erecting billboards with pictures of Lisa on them across Belfast, north Down and Newtownards.

In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph yesterday, her sister Joanne said: "We're still hopeful we will find her body.

"Even if there is only a 2% chance, we can't let that go. That 2% is the reason we all get up every morning and face the day ahead.

"Two weeks ago, our number one aim was the recovery of her body so that we could say goodbye.

"That is less likely now, but still not impossible."

A number of people have been arrested in connection with Lisa's murder but all have been released without charge.

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