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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Police arrest man (53) in search for Irish teen missing for 25 years

Published 08/08/2014 | 12:24

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

Police investigating the murder of a teenager who disappeared in 1989 have arrested a 53-year-old man.

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Caroline Graham had been living in Portadown, Co Armagh, Northern Ireland, when she vanished in 1989, aged 19.

Police with victim recovery dogs in Hanover Street, Portadown as detectives investigating the disappearance and murder of the Caroline Graham 25 years ago commenced a fresh search of her former home. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 4, 2014. Graham, 19, went missing from Portadown, Co Armagh in April 1989. No one has ever been charged with her murder. See PA story ULSTER Search. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Police with victim recovery dogs in Hanover Street, Portadown as detectives investigating the disappearance and murder of the Caroline Graham 25 years ago commenced a fresh search of her former home

The man is being questioned on suspicion of Ms Graham's murder and possession of a firearm, police said.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman said: "Detectives from serious crime branch investigating the murder of Caroline Graham in Portadown in 1989 have arrested a 53-year-old man."

Police Service of Northern Ireland Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery speaks to the media  as detectives investigating the disappearance and murder of the Caroline Graham 25 years ago commenced a fresh search of her former home in Hanover Street, Portadown. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 4, 2014. Graham, 19, went missing from Portadown, Co Armagh in April 1989. No one has ever been charged with her murder. See PA story ULSTER Search. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Police Service of Northern Ireland Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery speaks to the media as detectives investigating the disappearance and murder of the Caroline Graham 25 years ago commenced a fresh search of her former home in Hanover Street, Portadown

He was arrested in County Antrim on Friday morning and is being questioned at Antrim PSNI station

On Monday officers with specially-trained dogs searched a house at Hanover Street in the Mid Ulster town where Ms Graham had lived with her boyfriend.

Officers have previously carried out several searches in the town over the years, but Ms Graham's body has not been found.

Police with victim recovery dogs in Hanover Street, Portadown as detectives investigating the disappearance and murder of the Caroline Graham 25 years ago commenced a fresh search of her former home. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 4, 2014. Graham, 19, went missing from Portadown, Co Armagh in April 1989. No one has ever been charged with her murder. See PA story ULSTER Search. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Police with victim recovery dogs in Hanover Street, Portadown as detectives investigating the disappearance and murder of the Caroline Graham 25 years ago commenced a fresh search of her former home

A murder inquiry was launched in August 2012 after police said they had a number of new lines of inquiry.

Earlier this week forensic scientists were asked to examine items discovered by the search dogs.

Police with victim recovery dogs in Hanover Street, Portadown as detectives investigating the disappearance and murder of the Caroline Graham 25 years ago commenced a fresh search of her former home. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 4, 2014. Graham, 19, went missing from Portadown, Co Armagh in April 1989. No one has ever been charged with her murder. See PA story ULSTER Search. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Police with victim recovery dogs in Hanover Street, Portadown as detectives investigating the disappearance and murder of the Caroline Graham 25 years ago commenced a fresh search of her former home
Police with victim recovery dogs in Hanover Street, Portadown as detectives investigating the disappearance and murder of the Caroline Graham 25 years ago commenced a fresh search of her former home. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 4, 2014. Graham, 19, went missing from Portadown, Co Armagh in April 1989. No one has ever been charged with her murder. See PA story ULSTER Search. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Police with victim recovery dogs in Hanover Street, Portadown as detectives investigating the disappearance and murder of the Caroline Graham 25 years ago commenced a fresh search of her former home

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