PSNI detectives have today, Thursday 21 March provided an update on the investigation into deaths of three teenagers at Greenvale Hotel.
Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray, Head of Serious Crime Branch, said: “With the funerals of Morgan, Connor and Lauren tomorrow, my thoughts and the thoughts of all my officers are very much with the families. Our job is to get them answers as to why they have lost their children.”
“To date, detectives involved in the investigation have identified 400 young people who were in the queue or car park on Sunday evening. 82 of those young people have now been interviewed and arrangements have been made to interview 106 others over the next few days. 72 people have availed of the facility at the Burnavon Centre to speak with detectives.
“As part of our investigation, we have utilised the Major Incident Public Portal to allow people to upload mobile phone footage and images of the evening. We have also deployed one of our Cyber Support Vehicles to Cookstown to enable us to download mobile phone footage from people at the scene.
“Detectives would continue to appeal to anyone who has not yet contacted us to please come forward and in the joint statement from the three families, they have made clear their wish that witnesses come forward and talk to police.
“Detectives would again reassure anyone with concerns, the focus of our investigation is not the age of people who were at the event – it is about trying to find answers for the families of the three teenagers who tragically died.
Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray added: “I would urge parents to talk with your children, support them and encourage them to come forward and tell their story to police so we can get an accurate picture of events that night. Their account of events on Sunday night could be crucial to establishing how Connor, Lauren and Morgan died.
“There are a number of ways people can talk to police.
“Detectives can be contacted at the dedicated incident room at Dungannon police station by calling 101, extension 53055.
You can visit the dedicated room at the Burnavon Arts Centre in Cookstown Anyone with any information, images or footage can also pass it to police via the following link: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/PSNI19O08-PO1.”
Tribute from families
The families of Morgan Barnard, Connor Currie and Lauren Bullock have asked us to communicate a joint message to the media.
The three families would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the local community for their support since the tragic events of Sunday night. They are grateful to all of those who have come forward to speak to PSNI so far and would appeal to anyone else who witnessed the terrible event to come forward and give their account to police. The families want to find out exactly what happened to their children and have asked people to cooperate fully with the police investigation.
The families would also like to thank the emergency services who responded at the scene and the staff at Antrim Area Hospital.
The funerals will take place tomorrow, Friday and the families have asked the media to respect their privacy at this very sad and difficult time. Media are asked to keep a respectful distance particularly at the funerals.
Tributes to Morgan, Connor and Lauren .
Morgan’s family will remember him as loving the simple things in life. He volunteered for a number of things including working at the local Cancer Research Shop. He always had a smile for everyone and brightened up the classroom with his humour.
Connor’s family want to thank Antrim Area Hospital staff, paramedics, ambulance staff, PSNI and members of public who came to Connor’s assistance in any way.
Lauren’s family will remember her as very a thoughtful and caring young girl who was outgoing and fun loving.