Search dogs used in murder investigation
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
An investigation that has been reopened for a missing Newry teenager will use specially trained victim recovery dogs as part of a renewed search operation in Portadown.
The dogs, trained to identify traces of human remains, have been deployed as part of the investigation amid a fresh lines of inquiry.
After police announced in 2012 that they had new information on the case, a murder investigation was launched, and police believe that key to finding her killer, or killers, lies within a small group of local people.
The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Montgomery said: "We are grateful to those members of the community who have given us information. 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."
Mr Montgomery, said: "It is more than 25 years since Caroline was last seen and almost two years since the most recent phase of investigative activity resumed. Despite all the hurdles posed by the passage of time, I still believe that a form of closure is possible for Caroline and her family.
“Our appeals for information have been productive. In general, people have been very helpful. We are now at a point where it is appropriate to once again begin a planned search operation, primarily to locate Caroline's remains but also as an important part of the overall investigation into her murder."
Police are searching the house Caroline, 19, had been living in with her boyfriend in Hanover Street at the time of her disappearance in April 1989.
Detective Chief Inspector Montgomery said: "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 suggests 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," said Mr Montgomery.
The officer outlined that it is of vital importance to them that anyone who may have spoken to Caroline or her friend that night come forward and speak to them.
“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? Six weeks ago I appealed to two men, possibly off-duty soldiers, who gave Caroline a lift in a black Ford XR3i car that night to come forward. Although I am not treating them as suspects, they have yet to make contact. I would urge them to do so," he said.
Anyone with information on the case are being asked to contact the police on 02890 700 727 or 07585 22 82 83
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