Police are still depending on public information in their bid to finger the killer of teenager Caroline Graham, who disappeared from her Portadown home 25 years ago.
The latest twist in the quarter-century saga was on Friday when a 53-year-old man, hauled in for questioning over the murder and the possession of a firearm, was released without charge.
The arrest came just days after the police said they had no specific suspects – that statement was made at the last place she was seen alive in 1989 at her flat at 15 Hanover Street.
The PSNI led in two sniffer dogs as the attendant media looked on, and the officer leading the investigation – Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery – said Caroline disappeared in March 1989 after a night out in Banbridge.
It is thought she spent part of the night in a hostel in Portadown, returned to Hanover Street to get some clothes and hasn’t been seen since. DCI Montgomery said, “I believe she was murdered some time later and that her remains are somewhere in Portadown. All our enquiries lead us to believe there is more than one person who knows exactly where Caroline is buried.
“We need them to come forward and tell us exactly what they know. Whoever is responsible for Caroline’s murder may have spoken to people and they may know exactly what has happened to Caroline.”
The police had treated the disappearance of Caroline (19) as a missing person case for 21 years. But two years ago, it became a murder inquiry, and at that stage sniffer dogs were used in waste ground behind neighbouring Carleton Street. But nothing turned up despite extensive excavation. Prior to the weekend arrest, it was reported that the dogs had sniffed out something significant at Hanover Street.