Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Murderer Jimmy Seales' farm linked to probe over missing Lisa Dorrian

Police investigating the disappearance of Lisa Dorrian dig for a buried vehicle on the Comber farm of shotgun killer Jimmy Seales in October 2012
Police investigating the disappearance of Lisa Dorrian dig for a buried vehicle on the Comber farm of shotgun killer Jimmy Seales in October 2012

These are the police searches carried out on the land of killer farmer Jimmy Seales by detectives investigating the disappearance of Lisa Dorrian.

It is understood the PSNI was looking for a car which was used to transport the young woman's dead body after she went missing in February 2005.

The searches were carried out on farmland belonging to Seales, who was last week convicted of the murder of Comber man Philip Strickland.

Police searched the farm in Comber in October 2012 while Seales was in prison awaiting trial over the murder of 37-year-old Mr Strickland.

Disappeared: Lisa Dorrian
Disappeared: Lisa Dorrian

Officers used specialist equipment to survey an area on the edge of the village. It is understood they were looking for a vehicle that could have been used in the murder – but nothing was found.

Lisa was 25 when she was last seen at a party at a Ballyhalbert caravan site in Co Down on February 28, 2005.

Despite extensive land and sea searches, along with high-profile appeals from her family, her body has never been found. It is thought it was buried in a shallow grave before being moved and dumped at sea a while later.

Police have never found the vehicle used to transport her remains.

Lisa's sister Joanne was aware of the searches carried out on Seales' land in 2012. She reiterated her appeal for information on Lisa's killing.

"I would appeal for anyone with information on Lisa's disappearance to search their conscience and contact police," she said. "She will be missing nine years next week and the pain never goes away."

Jimmy Seales is beginning a prison sentence for the murder of Philip Strickland
Jimmy Seales is beginning a prison sentence for the murder of Philip Strickland

Sunday Life yesterday reported that further digs may be carried out on Seales' land.

A PSNI source told the newspaper: "Jimmy Seales would do anything for money, including getting rid of the car used to transport Lisa Dorrian to her death.

"The digs of the site at Comber failed to locate the vehicle, but that doesn't mean the scene isn't going to be revisited."

Seales (56) is beginning a prison sentence after he was convicted of the murder of Mr Strickland following a six-week trial at Belfast Crown Court.

The farm labourer died on the outskirts of Comber on January 11, 2012. He was shot in the leg at a yard on the Ballyglighorn Road before being bundled into the boot of his car and driven a short distance to the Ballydrain Road, where he was shot in the face at point blank range.

The father-of-four, from Ballykeel Road in Hillsborough, denied being present. However, witnesses – including his son Ian Weir – placed him at the scene.

STORY SO FAR

Lisa Dorrian (25) was last seen at a party in a caravan site in Ballyhalbert in February 2005. The PSNI believe she was murdered and her remains buried in a shallow grave, then later removed and dumped at sea. Despite extensive land and sea searches her body has never been found.

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