Monday 22 December 2014

Specialist dogs make finds in the search for teenage girl who disappeared 25 years ago

* Forensic scientists have been called in to examine items found by specially-trained dogs at a former house of a teenager who was murdered 25 years ago.

Claire Williamson

Published 06/08/2014 | 08:04

Caroline Graham (19) who was last seen alive in 1989

Fresh searches of a property in Northern Ireland where Caroline Graham lived with her boyfriend when she disappeared in 1989 are continuing.

The specially trained dogs that can identify traces of human remains were brought into the police hunt for the body of the 19-year-old on Monday.

Caroline had been for a night out to The Coach nightclub 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. The search was launched at the property after new information about the teenager's disappearance was received.

Police said that the property's current owner is not involved in the probe.

Detectives from the serious crime branch investigating the murder called in specialist forensic scientists to examine items in a house at Hanover Street in Portadown where Caroline had lived.

A PSNI spokeswoman said yesterday: “The house was yesterday subjected to a detailed examination by two PSNI victim recovery dogs. As a result of indications by the dogs, forensic scientists have been asked to examine certain items.

“The search continued today and is expected to run into a third day. Police are repeating their appeal for anyone with information about 19-year-old Caroline, her murder or where her remains are buried.”

It is understood both dogs gave indications separately and the items are not body parts.

The detective in charge of the murder probe, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery, on Monday said he has information that suggests Caroline returned to Hanover Street to get clothes.

“I believe she was murdered some time later and that her remains are somewhere in Portadown,” Mr Montgomery said.

He said he also believed that more than one person knows where she is buried, adding: “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.

“I need to speak to anyone who saw Caroline at The Coach with her friend that night. Did you pick up Caroline and her friend and drop them off in Portadown?”

Background

In 1989 Caroline Graham (19) vanished. At the time she was living in Portadown with her boyfriend at Hanover Street. In 2012 police carried out extensive searches near Hanover Street, in the Carleton Street area, but nothing of significance was found. On Monday a new search of a house was launched after police received fresh information. Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives on 028 9070 0727 or 075 8522 8283.

Belfast Telegraph

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