Paula Elliott: Lisburn funeral details released as PSNI confirm body found in River Lagan is missing woman

Police have confirmed that a body recovered from the River Lagan in Lisburn on Monday, April 1 has been officially identified as that of missing woman Paula Elliott.
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The 52-year-old will be laid to rest following a funeral service on Tuesday, April 9.

Paula, who was late of of Ballymacoss Drive in Lisburn, is described in a family notice as ‘much loved and loving mum to Stefin, Curtis and Sophia. Devoted nana to Callie. Beloved daughter of Linda and Harold. Dear sister of David’.

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Her funeral service will be held in St Paul’s Parish Church, Ballinderry Road, Lisburn on Tuesday, April 9 at 1.30pm, followed by burial in Lisburn New Cemetery Blaris Extension.

Paula Elliott. Picture: released by PSNIPaula Elliott. Picture: released by PSNI
Paula Elliott. Picture: released by PSNI

Her family have asked for immediate family flowers only but, if desired, donations in lieu can be made to Community Rescue Service NI c/o Ronnie Thompson Funeral Directors, 20 Ballinderry Road, Lisburn, BT28 1UF.

The funeral notice adds that Paula ‘will be loved and remembered always by her sorrowing sons, daughter, granddaughter, mother, father, brother, family circle and friends’.

There had been continual searches for 52-year-old Paula, particularly around the River Lagan, since she was last seen on Tuesday, March 5.

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A PSNI spokesperson extended thanks to everyone who tried so hard to find her.

Inspector Rocks said: “Our thoughts are with Paula’s family at this time and we express our heartfelt condolences to them.

“On behalf of Paula’s family along with myself, I would like to thank our partner agencies, Community Rescue Service, Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) NI and Sky Watch who have all worked tirelessly to find Paula.

"We would also like to thank the public for all of their assistance throughout this difficult time with searches and enquiries.”

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