29/11/2010

IRA Murder Victim's Body Identified

Remains found in the Republic of Ireland have been identified as those of one of the 'Disappeared', Gerry Evans.

The murder victim, who was 24 and from Crossmaglen, went missing in March 1979.

His body was found on 15 October in bogland in Co Louth only and in a statement on Monday, Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains members Frank Murray and Sir Ken Bloomfield said: "The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains (ICLVR) has received the results of the DNA examination carried out on samples of the human remains recovered by the ICLVR team at Carrickrobin in Co Louth, on the 15 October 2010

"The results positively indicate that the remains are those of Mr Gerard Evans.
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"Dr Brian Farrell, Coroner for the City of Dublin has accepted this as evidence of identification and has authorised the release of the remains to the family," their statement said, noting that "the thoughts of everyone in the Commission are with the Evans family at this difficult time".

The remains were discovered shortly after the commission announced they were winding down the search at Carrickrobin after 16 months of painstaking excavation.

Mr Evans was last seen hitchhiking in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan with the victim believed to have been kidnapped and murdered by the IRA.

Now, his remains have been removed to a local funeral directors, Michael J McConville, in his home town of Crossmaglen.

(BMcC/GK)

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