Belfast Telegraph

Shotgun killer says Lisa's body dumped in landfill site

By Rebecca Black

The PSNI is examining claims by a convicted killer that he knows where murdered Bangor woman Lisa Dorrian is buried.

The family of the young woman have been waiting more than a decade to give their beloved daughter a Christian burial.

Lisa (25) was last seen at a caravan park in Ballyhalbert, Co Down, in February 2005. It is believed she was murdered and secretly buried.

Despite extensive searches her remains have never been found, and no one has ever been charged in connection with her disappearance.

Now, caged killer Jimmy Seales has claimed he knows what happened to Lisa.

He is currently serving a life sentence at Maghaberry prison for the murder of Philip Strickland in Comber in 2012.

In a series of claims made during an interview with Sunday Life, he says the PSNI actually handled the car that Lisa's body was in.

He has named the three drug dealers who he claims were involved in the disappearance of Lisa.

"My information is that Lisa was murdered at Ballyhalbert caravan site by three drug dealers to whom she owed £20,000," Seales said.

"She told them that she would pay them once she got her big compensation claim (for a shopping centre escalator fall) which was due any day, but the situation got out of hand and they killed her."

Seales said Lisa's body was put in the boot of a navy Vauxhall Vectra "run-around" car. This was used to transport her from the caravan park to an illegal landfill site in Ballygowan.

But Seales claimed the driver crashed into a hedge at Six Road Ends near Bangor.

He says he was contacted for help because he then owned a vehicle recovery business.

"He didn't tell me he had a body in the boot, all he said was that his car had ended up in a hedge and he needed help getting it out," Seales said.

"I told him that all my recovery lorries were full and there was nothing I could do.

"He rang me back about an hour-and-a-half later to say that everything was OK and that a passing PSNI patrol had helped him get the car out of the hedge.

"Looking back now I think it's amazing that the police were so close to finding Lisa's body. They were inches away."

He said Lisa's body was put into a 40-gallon container, the lid of which was welded shut before it was hidden in the landfill at Ballynahinch.

Seales bought the vehicle a "day or two" after this - unaware it had been used to transport Lisa's body.

"I also ran a car breaker's business and knew I could make money from stripping down the cars," Seales explained.

"Again, I want to stress that I had no idea the Vectra had been used to transport Lisa Dorrian's body.

"I brought it into my yard and took out the engine and the gearbox, leaving just the shell."

This car was seized by police from Seales' yard five days after Lisa's disappearence.

Seales also passed on the road and location where the illegal landfill site is in Ballygowan, where he believes Lisa's body is buried.

Sunday Life handed over all its information from Seales to the PSNI on Friday.

Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway - who is leading the hunt for Lisa - said they will study the allegations made by Seales. He also reissued the appeal for information, adding that despite the passage of time, it is not too late to come forward.

Lisa's family has issued many appeals for information that will lead them to be able to give her a Christian burial.

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