'Disappeared' Body Found Along Border

Human remains found in County Monaghan during a search for one of the victim's of the IRA during The Troubles are to be taken to Dublin for examination.

The macabre find came after teams searching for a man who disappeared near the border almost 30 years ago located the remains.

The body is said to be one of the so-called 'Disappeared' - the 14 men and women abducted and killed by republican paramilitaries at the height of the violence - of whom only five bodies have been recovered to date.

Father-of-five Charles Armstrong, 57, from Crossmaglen, south Armagh, went missing on his way to Mass in 1981.

Last night, the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains said the remains were found in Co Monaghan and Mr Armstrong's family have been informed, along with police in the Irish Republic and their State Pathologist.
News Image
A year ago, forensic experts searching for Mr Armstrong's remains were handed a map which was thought could provide vital clues after the fresh information was sent anonymously and indicated a previously unsearched area in Co Monaghan.

At the time, several locations had already been searched near Carrickmacross, not far from the border with Northern Ireland.

The IRA admitted in 1999 that it murdered and buried nine of the Disappeared - Seamus Wright, Kevin McKee, Jean McConville, Columba McVeigh, Brendan Megraw, John McClory, Brian McKinney, Eamon Molloy and Danny McElhone - in secret locations.

The bodies of Mr Molloy, Mr McKinney, Mr McClory, Ms McConville and Mr McElhone have been found.

Others who vanished during the Troubles include Gerry Evans, undercover Army officer Captain Robert Nairac and Seamus Ruddy, who disappeared in France and whose murder was admitted by the INLA.

Irish police have preserved the area where the remains were found as a crime scene.

Commenting on media reports that the remains of Charlie Armstrong have been discovered. Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said: "If this is true it will come as a huge relief to the family of Charlie Armstrong who for almost three decades have never given up hope of finding him."


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

11 March 2020
Man Arrested Over INLA Drug Activity
Detectives investigating drug activities within the INLA paramilitary group have made an arrest. The 33 year-old suspect was detained following a search in west Belfast on Tuesday evening, 10 March, during which a quantity of class B and C drugs were seized. A substantial sum of money and the drug pregabalin were also discovered.
29 November 2019
Man Charged Over Strabane Mortar Bomb
A 28 year-old man has been charged in connection with a mortar type device discovered in Strabane. The bomb was found aimed at a police station in Church View on Saturday 07 September. The New IRA was found to have been behind the attack, which was designed to attack serving police officers, the PSNI has said.
13 March 2020
Errors & Omissions Behind Botched RHI Scheme
Multiple errors and omissions were behind the botched cash for ash renewable energy scandal, a public inquiry has found. Published on Friday, the RHI Inquiry found that the scheme was a "project too far".
27 March 2015
Man Dies After Tree Falls On Van In County Armagh
A man has died and a woman has been seriously injured after a tree fell on a van in County Armagh on Thursday. The incident happened on the Keady Road at around 4.50pm. The woman, who was a passenger in the car, remains in a critical condition in hospital. The road remains closed between Ballyards Road and Ennislare Road.
18 March 2015
Man Killed In Co Fermanagh Road Collision
A man has been killed in a collision between a lorry and a car in County Fermanagh. The crash happened on the A4 Belfast Road at around 8am this morning (Wednesday). The road remains closed. Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.