Fresh appeal for help as latest search for Columba McVeigh ends

An urgent appeal for information to find Disappeared victim Columba McVeigh has been made as the latest search for his remains ends.

The 19-year-old from Co Tyrone was abducted, killed and secretly buried by the IRA in 1975.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains (ICLVR) has conducted six unsuccessful searches at Bragan Bog in Co Monaghan since 1999.

In a joint statement, the UK and Irish Commissioners, Rosalie Flanagan and Tim Dalton, said it is “very disappointing” that the latest search has ended without finding Mr McVeigh’s remains.

“We are conscious that this is a very distressing and difficult time for the McVeigh family who have shown remarkable courage and resilience over many years,” they said.

“But they can be assured that the commission will never close the book on a case while there is still the possibility that the information we need can be brought forward and acted upon.”

They said they are urgently renewing their appeal for information to help to find Mr McVeigh.

“All information that comes to the commission is treated in the strictest confidence and can only be used to locate and recover the remains of those still missing,” they said.

“Our mission is entirely humanitarian on behalf of the families who will continue to suffer until the remains of their loved one are found and returned to them for Christian burial.

“That is why we want to urgently renew our appeal for information.”

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Source: RTE News

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