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Town still scarred by murder of teenager Marian Beattie

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

The murder of a teenager whose body was found 100ft down a quarry after a charity dance is said to still haunt residents where she was killed 40 years on.

Police have reopened the murder investigation into the death of 18-year-old Marian Beattie whose partially clothed body was found in a quarry in Co Tyrone in 1973.

She lived in Portadown and had gone to the dance at Hadden's Garage near Aughnacloy with a girlfriend to watch her brother play in a band.

Marian left the dance with an unknown man and five hours later her body was found at the bottom of the quarry.

Several hundred people were at the dance, including Jim Hamilton and his wife Jean.

Mr Hamilton, now an UUP councillor, said the tight-knit community in Aughnacloy still bears the scars of the brutal killing four decades on. He said residents were unnerved at the thought the killer may have been living in their midst since the murder.

"The fresh appeal has brought back a lot of memories," said Mr Hamilton. "The murder sent shockwaves through the area and it would have remained in people's mind over the past 40 years."

* Anyone with any information they think may be of help to police can contact detectives on 028 9070 0727 or 075 8522 8283.

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