Northern Ireland

Body found after month-long search for missing Lisburn woman Paula Elliott

The body was found in the River Lagan on April 1

Paula Elliott (52) from Lisburn has been missing for three weeks.
Paula Elliott (52) from Lisburn has been missing for three weeks.

A body has been recovered from the River Lagan following a search for a missing woman from Lisburn.

It comes almost a month after Lisburn woman Paula Elliott went missing on March 5.

She was last seen leaving the Sprucefield Court area of Lisburn at 5.30 pm.

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.”

Paul Givan, MLA for Lagan Vally, via social media, said: “Devastating news for the family & friends of Paula Elliott.

“A search team found and recovered her body from the River Lagan on the evening of April 1.”

A spokesperson for the Community Rescue Service said: “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.

“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.”