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Mother of missing hairdresser Lisa Dorrian dies

Published 29/12/2015

Pat Dorrian, mother of 25-year-old Lisa Dorrian, appealed for information about her missing daughter
Pat Dorrian, mother of 25-year-old Lisa Dorrian, appealed for information about her missing daughter

The mother of a missing hairdresser has died without ever finding out what happened to her daughter, who police believe was murdered.

Pat Dorrian, 59, and her husband John led a decade-long quest to find the remains of their daughter Lisa.

The 25-year-old from Bangor, Co Down, 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.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said Pat Dorrian died on Monday.

"Mrs Dorrian was admitted to hospital on Sunday and died yesterday," a spokeswoman said.

"She is survived by husband John and daughters Joanne, Michelle and Ciara."

The PSNI said the family had a "strong desire for privacy at this difficult time".

In February, Mrs Dorrian joined other family members on the tenth anniversary of Lisa's disappearance to urge those who knew where her body was hidden to end their torment.

She said the family had struggled each and every day since her daughter went missing.

"Listen and watch and see the pain on our faces when you see this on the news or in the newspapers," Mrs Dorrian said in a stark message to those who knew what happened to Lisa.

North Down Assembly member Peter Weir paid tribute to Mrs Dorrian.

"I am very saddened to learn of Pat Dorrian's death," said the DUP representative.

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

"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."

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