29/06/2011

Body Exhumed In 'Disappeared' Search

A body has been exhumed in County Monaghan by the organisation responsible for locating the remains of the 'Disappeared' from the Troubles.

It is understood that the remains were found in a grave in a cemetery in Urbleshanny Church, near Scotstown.

According to reports, a tip-off was received from a Fermanagh priest who revealed that he had been informed that remains had been discovered in a shallow grave while another grave was being dug in the cemetery.

The priest said that he was told that the second coffin was then buried on top of the other remains.

Previous searches have been carried out near this area for one of the 'Disappeared', Columba McVeigh. The 17-year-old from Donaghmore, County Tyrone, was abducted and murdered by the IRA in 1975. His body has not been discovered.

The exhumation was authorised by North Monaghan coroner, Dr Martin Watters. The State Pathologist, a forensic anthropologist and staff from the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICVLR) attended the scene, along with Gardaí and scientists.

It is believed that it will take some time to conduct a forensic examination of the remains.

Sixteen people were abducted and murdered by republican paramilitaries during the Troubles. Seven bodies have been recovered.

The ICLVR was established in 1999 in order to locate and recover the bodies of the 'Disappeared'.

(KMcA/GK)

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