Missing Newry woman – murder investigation launched

September 4, 2012

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Newry teenager, Caroline Graham, have announced that they are reinvestigating the case and are now treating it as murder.

Eighteen year old Caroline, who went missing in April 1989, had been living in Portadown with her boyfriend for almost two years before her disappearance.

Despite several extensive police searches of the area surrounding her home at Hanover Street, Portadown, her body has never been found.   The PSNI say they now have a number of new lines of inquiry to follow and are appealing to anyone with information about Caroline’s disappearance to contact them on 0845 600 8000 or directly on 02890 700727 or 07585228283.

The Newry girl’s heartbroken family have turned to the National Missing Persons Helpline and are taking part in the BBC’s Search Project in an effort to find out what happened to Caroline.

Caroline Graham was 18 when she went missing

Speaking to the BBC last week, her mother, Barbara, said she feared the worst.

“I don’t think she is alive. I can’t understand why she has not got in touch with home.

“At times we feel like selling up, but it stops me from moving because this is the only place she knows where to come to.”

She revealed that, following her daughter’s disappearance, neighbours at Caroline’s Portadown home said she had moved away.

She also said the police at the time were unable to help since Caroline was an adult.

“They said because she was over 18, she was of legal age to do what she wanted to do, so that was it.”

She said it was hard to believe that her daughter could simply vanish into thin air.

To date, no-one has ever come forward with information on Caroline’s disappearance.