Renewed investigation of Newry woman’s murder

October 16, 2012

By Christine Keighery

A renewed search operation was launched last week by Detectives from Serious Crime Branch who have reopened the investigation into the murder of Newry woman, Caroline Graham.

Nineteen 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.

Last month the PSNI announced they were reopening the investigation into her disappearance and were now treating it as murder.  They revealed that they were following several new lines of inquiry and appealed to the public for any information.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Crawford, who is in charge of the renewed investigation, said new search operations were underway.

“This stage of the operation will involve clearing away all shrubbery and undergrowth so that we can insert probes into the ground to determine the possible existence of human remains.

“We will have a range of assets in site to assist us in what could be a protracted operation.  These will include a Body Recovery dog, earth moving machinery and specialist scanning equipment.

“Police have searched this site previously but science and technology have advanced in recent years to such an extent that we believe it is important to deploy the latest technology and resources in this case.”

The Chief Inspector reiterated the appeal for information on Caroline’s disappearance to be passed to police on 0845 600 8000 or directly on 028 9070 0727 or on office mobile 075 8522 8283.