UK Marian Beattie, 18, body found at the bottom of Hadden's Quarry, NIR, 30 March 1973

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1973 teenager murder case reopened
5 August 2013
''Marian Beattie lived in Portadown but had been at a charity dance at Hadden's Garage in Aughnacloy on 30 March 1973.

She was seen leaving the dance just after 1am with a young man.

Five hours later her partially-clothed body was found at the bottom of Hadden's Quarry between Aughnacloy and Ballygawley.

The investigation has been reopened after a review of the case by the PSNI's serious crime branch.

Det Insp Peter Montgomery said: "We believe Marian and a man left the dance at Hadden's Garage and went to the nearby car park at the top of Hadden's Quarry about 400 yards away which was frequented by courting couples.

"Something happened there but we have no evidence to suggest Marian was sexually assaulted."

Det Insp Montgomery said detectives were working to identify the man with whom Marian left the dance.''
 
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BBC Radio Ulster - The Nolan Show - 'The Murder of Marian Beattie'

6th September 2019
Heartbroken family of murdered girl in plea to anonymous letter writer
''After leaving the dance near at Hadden’s Quarry near Aughnacloy with a man it is thought there may have been a struggle and Marian fell more than 100 foot to the bottom of the quarry.''

''The killer then made his way to Marian’s body where items of Marian’s clothes were removed. Spent matches were found, which it is thought the culprit used to illuminate the scene.''

''Criminologist and Author Robert Giles who has been investigating Marian’s murder for several years and has been working with the Beattie family said: “An anonymous letter was received at the start of July, which contained interesting information about the case of Marian Beattie.

“We would like to thank that person for sending the letter and appeal to that individual to please get in touch again. This individual will be spoken with in the strictest confidence. Their anonymity will be respected.”
 

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Thank you dotr for creating this thread, and for posting that recent article, which I hadn't seen.

The podcast is really interesting, and it's how I found out about the case, although Marian's face seems very familiar, somehow.

The podcast details how the investigation is riddled with problems from the start - the officer who questioned Marian's best friend was dancing with that same best friend the night before, and about 50 items of physical evidence have been lost / misplaced / destroyed. There is a likely suspect, but evidence is lacking. I hope that they do find answers for Marian's family.
 
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