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Breakthrough in Caroline Graham murder probe

July 7, 2014

The recent police press conference on the Caroline Graham murder investigation has led to a significant breakthrough, with detectives from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch appealing for a man who called them on Saturday 28th June to call them back.

Leading investigating officer, Detective Inspector Peter Montgomery, said the man  “may have important information.” The caller did not leave his name and has been requested to contact police again on 028 9070 0727 or 07585 228283.  A PSNI spokesperson said any information would be treated in the strictest confidence.

The press conference, held on Thursday 26th June, also made public Ms Graham’s last movements to Hanover Street in Portadown and revealed the last known people to have engaged with the 19 year old.

Newry-born Caroline was 19 and living with her boyfriend at Hanover Street when she disappeared in 1989.

Police reopened the investigation into her disappearance in August 2012 after a number of new lines of enquiry emerged. They deployed specialist resources to search areas of waste ground and parts of premises in Portadown but nothing of significance was found.

On the night before her disappearance, the teenager had been socialising with a female friend at the Coach Nightclub in Banbridge before receiving a lift to a Portadown hostel from two men, who police believe to be UDR members.

The following morning, Caroline woke earlier than her friend and left the hostel alone. It is believed that she went to her home in Hanover Street to collect clothes and was never seen again.

Police have appealed for the two men who gave Ms Graham a lift on the night in question to come forward.  The former UDR soldiers are not being treated as suspects, but as potential witnesses in the investigation.

Police also want to hear from anyone who has any information about the murder with Detective Inspector Montgomery reiterating that he can be spoken to directly should anyone have concerns about giving evidence.

“We will do everything possible to allay any concerns that you might have, but the most important thing is for people to come forward, for Caroline.”

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