Search for Columba McVeigh resumes

Published Monday, 17 September 2012
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Searches have resumed at Bragan in Co Monaghan for the remains for Columba McVeigh, one of the so-called Disappeared.

Search for Columba McVeigh resumes
A renewed search for the remains of Columba McVeigh, one of the disappearead, has begun. (© UTV)

Mr McVeigh was 19 when he was abducted from his home in Donaghmore, Co Tyrone, and murdered by the IRA in October 1975.

The previous search for his body ended in May 2012, however investigators have now returned to the remote bogland site just across the Irish border.

A statement from the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains on Monday described it as a "continuation" rather than "new" work.

"We are keen to stress that this is a continuation of the previous operation and not a new piece of work," explained Geoff Knupfer, head of the Commission's investigation team.

"It is based on a refinement of information received to date and also on a series of surveys undertaken by ICLVR staff in recent months in the forested area."

"It is anticipated that this programme will last for approximately ten to twelve weeks subject to weather conditions."

Mr McVeigh is one of 16 people on the commission's list of the Disappeared, nine of whom have been found to date.

The commission said some forestry clearance work is being undertaken at the site in preparation for this latest operation, with day one two mostly involve movement of plant onto the site and searches to commence on day two.

They added: "The ICLVR hope that this latest search may bring them closer to finding the remains of Mr McVeigh and bring comfort and closure to his long suffering family."

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