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Mother of missing Bangor woman Lisa Dorrian dies

By Claire Cromie

Published 29/12/2015

Agony: Lisa's family make fresh appeal for information about her disappearance.
Agony: Lisa's family make fresh appeal for information about her disappearance.

The mother of missing Bangor woman Lisa Dorrian, Pat, has died without ever finding out what happened to her daughter.

Mrs Dorrian (59) was admitted to hospital on Sunday and died on Monday.

Lisa Dorrian, who vanished 10 years ago (PSNI/PA)
Lisa Dorrian, who vanished 10 years ago (PSNI/PA)

In February this year she had pleaded with those who know where her daughter's body is to end the family's torment.

Police believe the young hairdresser, who was 25, was murdered.

Appealing directly to those involved, her mother said the family had struggled each and every day of the last decade.

"Listen and watch and see the pain on our faces when you see this on the news or in the newspapers," she said.

Lisa disappeared after a party on a caravan site 20 miles away in the coastal village of Ballyhalbert on the Ards peninsula on February 28 2005. A body has never been found.

Despite a series of arrests, the identification of around 4,000 potential witnesses and more than 275 searches, no one has been brought to justice.

North Down MLA Peter Weir has paid tribute to Pat Dorrian.

"Throughout this whole appalling nightmare, Pat, as with the rest of her family acted with resolution, determination and quiet dignity," he said.

"She did not seek vengeance or retribution, but merely wanted to be reunited with the body of her daughter to give her a decent Christian burial.

"It is both heart breaking and unspeakably cruel that Pat passed away without ever finding out what happened to her daughter or her whereabouts.

"She was denied closure before her death, and while nothing will fix this now, I urge anyone even at this belated hour to give some comfort to her family at this time of grief, by finally sharing the necessary information of the location of Lisa Dorrian.

"It may be too late for Pat, but at least it would honour her memory if the right thing was eventually done."

Mrs Dorrian is survived by husband John and daughters Joanne, Michelle and Ciara.

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