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Dorrian family pain at Christmas

11 December 07 10:58 GMT

The father of missing Bangor woman Lisa Dorrian has told of the family's heartache as they prepare to celebrate another Christmas without her.

The 25-year-old disappeared after a party at a caravan site in Ballyhalbert in County Down on 28 February 2005.

Her body has never been found despite extensive air, land, and sea searches.

Lisa's father, John, said even though she had been missing for more than 1,000 days, it was "just like it happened yesterday".

"You feel guilty if you are celebrating too much, but we have two young kids in the house and we were putting up the Christmas tree last night and they were decorating it," he told the BBC.

"They are looking forward to Christmas so we can't really spoil it for them, but internally we are always thinking about Lisa."

Describing Lisa as a bubbly girl who enjoyed giving and receiving presents, her father said she loved the festive season.

"She would come round on Christmas Day for her dinner, it was a great time, but there will be an empty space at the table this year," he said.

"We'll all feel it, but again we have to put on a good face for the kids. They know about Lisa and they talk about her too. But we have to go on for them.

"Lisa is never out of your mind every day."

John said Lisa's 11-year-old sister, Ciara, and her seven-year-old nephew, Ryan point to the North Star, referring to it as Lisa.

"That's the way they cope with it. They know what's happened and I think they know that she will not be back," he said.

John Dorrian said his family's greatest hope for 2008 was that someone would come forward with information about Lisa's body.

"All we would like is somewhere to go - to give Lisa a Christian burial," he said.

"We would appeal to them in all humanity, please, any small bit of information, give it in confidence.

"It is a gnawing in your stomach, you know she is out there somewhere. It would give us a great relief if we could just know where she was."

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