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End my living hell, begs mum of murdered teen Caroline Graham 25 years on

By Chris Kilpatrick

The mother of a teenager murdered 25 years ago has begged for help to find her body and finally end her torment.

Caroline Graham vanished in 1989 aged 19, and despite extensive searches and appeals her remains have never been found.

Detectives yesterday appealed for two soldiers who are believed to have given Caroline a lift just before she disappeared to contact them. The soldiers, who may have been in a black car, are not suspects in the murder probe.

Caroline's mother Barbara said she has endured a "living hell" since her daughter went missing.

"All I want is closure. I have lived without Caroline for 25 years and the pain has been hard to bear. It is particularly difficult on anniversaries, birthdays and family times like Christmas," she said.

"We haven't even had the chance to hold a funeral because Caroline's body has not been recovered. The police tell me the investigation is continuing but I would just like to appeal to anyone who knows anything to tell us. Please give us peace and lay Caroline to rest."

Caroline had been living in Portadown with her boyfriend at an address in Hanover Street and in a hostel nearby.

The officer leading the investigation, PSNI Detective Inspector Peter Montgomery, said investigators were keen to speak to two soldiers, possibly members of the UDR, who it is believed spoke to Caroline shortly before she went missing.

"It was around Easter at the end of March 1989 and Caroline had been for a night out to the Coach in Banbridge with a girlfriend," the officer said.

"She stayed part of the night with her friend in a hostel in Portadown but was gone in the morning. I have information that Caroline returned to Hanover Street to get some clothes but she has not been seen since. I believe she was murdered some time later and that her remains are somewhere in Portadown."

He added: "I also want to hear from anyone who has any information about Caroline's murder and where her remains might be buried. Has anyone talked to you about her murder?

"If you have concerns about giving evidence, we will do everything possible to allay them, but the most important thing is for people to come forward."

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives on 028 9070 0727 or 07585 228283.

Story so far

When Caroline Graham vanished in 1989 aged 19, she was living in Portadown with her boyfriend at an address in Hanover Street. Following new information in 2012 police carried out extensive searches near Hanover Street in the Carleton Street area. Areas of waste ground and a well were searched by a specialist police team. But the search was suspended as nothing of significance was found.

'There are people out there who know where Caroline Graham is buried... they need to come forward now'  

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