21/10/2003

'Disappeared' victim confirmed as Jean McConville

Police in the Republic of Ireland have confirmed that the body of a woman found on a Co Louth beach in August is that of "disappeared" Belfast woman Jean McConville.

Mrs McConville, 37, was abducted from her Belfast home in 1972 after coming to the aid of a British soldier who had been shot outside her front door.

She was taken to a beach near Carlingford and shot dead.

Her body was found along Shilling Hill beach some 31 years later by a man out walking his dog in August this year.

A post mortem examination and DNA testing confirmed the identity of the Belfast woman.

Mrs McConville was one of 10 so-called 'Disappeared' who were abducted by the IRA, executed and secretly buried in the early 1970's.

In 1999, the IRA offered to help uncover the bodies of those that went missing.

The bodies of Eamon Molloy, John McClory and Brian McKinney were eventually found, however, the rest of the information they gave has not been precise enough to find the others.

(MB)

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