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02nd Apr 2024

Body of missing Lisburn woman Paula Elliot has been recovered

Joseph Loftus

Devastating news.

The body of missing Lisburn woman, Paula Elliot, has been found and recovered from the River Langan.

Paula, 52, was last seen on March 5 after leaving her family home near Ravarnet, Co. Antrim.

She was seen leaving the Sprucefield Court area of Lisburn on March 5 around 5.30pm before travelling to Warren Gardens at 5.36pm.

Finally Paula was seen driving along Hillsborough Road three minutes later.

Paula’s car was found parked near the Lagan Towpath with her keys and phone inside.

Her disappearance sparked a search by family and friends led by her brother David Birney, who urged police to investigate every possibility.

Sadly, shortly after 7pm on April 1 the body of Paula Elliot was found, reports Belfast Live.

Body of missing Lisburn woman Paula Elliot has been recovered.

A spokesperson for the Community Rescue Service said: “CRS volunteers were tasked to the Lisburn area to search for a person missing from the early evening of the 5th March, and continued to carry out planned searches each day and into the night since that time.

“Over the course of the search we were assisted by colleagues from SARDA and Skywatch who were tasked to provide their support to the search effort.”

The statement continued: “We regret to inform you that in the late afternoon of Monday, 1st April a CRS team located a body believed to be that of the missing person.

“The management and volunteers of the Community Rescue Service extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased.”

Paula is survived by her two sons, her parents Linda and Harold, and her brother David.

David commented, saying that the family gives their thanks to everyone who had tried to help over the last month, adding: “We are broken.”

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Police can confirm that the body of a woman was recovered from the vicinity of the Lagan Tow Path in Lisburn on Monday 1st April. Formal identification and a post mortem will take place in due course.”

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