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  • 8 August 2014, 12:06

Caroline Graham: Man Held Over 1989 Murder

Police in Northern Ireland have arrested a man on suspicion of murdering a young woman who disappeared 25 years ago.

Caroline Graham, 19, was living in Portadown, County Armagh when she went missing in 1989.

The arrest comes as forensic scientists examine items of potential interest found during a search of Caroline's last known address.

The items were uncovered by specialist victim recovery dogs brought into the Hanover Street flat.

A spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: "Detectives from Serious Crime Branch investigating the murder of Caroline Graham in Portadown in 1989 have arrested a 53-year-old man.

"He has been arrested on suspicion of Caroline's murder and possession of a firearm. He was arrested in County Antrim this morning and is being questioned at the Serious Crime Suite in Antrim town."

Police re-opened the case two years ago following a search of waste ground near the flat.

The search of Caroline's flat was conducted under warrant but with the consent of the current owner of the property.

Detectives do not believe the owner has any knowledge of the events of 1989.

They have appealed without success for two soldiers, who gave Caroline a lift in a black XR3i, to come forward.

Earlier this week, Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery said: "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.

"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."