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Murdered teen buried may be buried under houses

Police believe the body of a teenager murdered more than 20 years ago lies encased in concrete below buildings close to where she was living.

Newry-born Caroline Graham (19) lived in Portadown with her boyfriend when she went missing in 1989. Police believe she may have been buried below shops and houses at Carleton Street near her Hanover Street home.

The area was being redeveloped around the time she vanished. Police believe she may have been buried during building work before being encased in concrete.

The focus of the PSNI’s investigation is now a section of the street on which five houses, a taxi firm and a cafe currently sit. There is no suggestion any current or former owners or occupiers of these properties have any connection whatsoever to the crime.

“We believe Caroline's body is buried in that area of land, and more than likely covered in concrete,” Detective Chief Inspector Gary Crawford said.

“Police believe it is buried in the area of the taxi rank, cafe and five houses, give or take 20 to 30 yards. Her killer clearly knew the area well. We're appealing for anyone living in the Carleton Street area at Easter 1989, who can remember building work being carried out to these properties, to get in touch.”

Earlier this month Caroline's mother Barbara Graham made a heartfelt plea for information.

Police have dug for Caroline’s body on waste ground at the rear of houses at the top of Carleton Street and put state-of-the-art probes into the ground. The dig was called off last weekend.

Police reopened the case earlier this year on foot of new information. One person was arrested in 2000 in connection with her murder. No charges were brought.

Officers can be contacted on the investigation team's mobile 075 8522 8283, by calling police on 084 5600 8000 or anonymously on Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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“Along with people who lived on Carleton Street at the time we want to talk to local builders. We're asking them to think back and try and recall a floor in one of these properties being dug up. We're so close to finding Caroline, all we need now is that additional piece of information. I'm appealing to you to help this courageous family and put an end to their pain by contacting police” — DCI Gary Crawford

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