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New details on night Caroline disappeared

Pacemaker Press 26/6/2014
Barbara Graham (mother of Caroline)  speaks during A media facility linked to the investigation into the murder of Caroline Graham in Portadown in 1989 at the at Mourne Country Hotel, Newry
 Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/6/2014 Barbara Graham (mother of Caroline) speaks during A media facility linked to the investigation into the murder of Caroline Graham in Portadown in 1989 at the at Mourne Country Hotel, Newry Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

New details about the disappearance of Caroline Graham have been released as her mother made a renewed appeal for information yesterday (Thursday) morning.

Mrs Barbara Graham took part in a news conference in Newry along with Serious Crime Branch detectives investigating the murder of the 19-year-old who disappeared in Portadown in 1989.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Inspector Peter Montgomery, said he was revealing some new information. “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. 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.”

Caroline was in a relationship and living in Hanover Street at the time but was originally from Newry.

Her mother said, “All I want is closure. .. We haven’t even had the chance to hold a funeral because Caroline’s body has not been recovered.. Please give us peace and lay Caroline to rest.”

Mrs Graham’s appeal came after a 76-year-old woman was arrested on Tuesday. She was later released unconditionally.

For almost two years police have been conducting renewed enquiries, including a major search operation in the Carleton Street area when waste ground and parts of premises, including a well, were searched using dogs and specialist equipment.

Detectives believe the key to recovering Caroline’s remains and catching her killer or killers lies with a small group of local people.

Det Insp Montgomery said, “I want to say that if you have concerns about giving evidence, please speak to me to explore what might be possible in terms of doing so.”

The police can be contacted on 028 9070 0727 or 07585 22 82 83.

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