Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Jean McConville murder: Police appeal for man who stole abduction van in IRA murder to come forward

Jean McConville with three of her children before she vanished in 1972
Jean McConville with three of her children before she vanished in 1972

Police have made a fresh appeal to a man who stole a van used in the IRA abduction and murder of Jean McConville.

Mother-of-10, Mrs McConville, a widow, was abducted outside her home in west Belfast's Divis flats in 1972, before being shot dead by the IRA.

Her remains were finally found at Shelling Hill beach in Co Louth in the Republic in August 2003.

Now police are asking a man who phoned the McConville family in the mid to late 1990s, claiming he had been involved in the abduction, to come forward.

A teenager at the time, he said he had been told to steal a van which was used to take Mrs McConville away.

He claimed he drove her to a house in another part of west Belfast and left.

Police have said he moved to England some time after, and said he only found out later Mrs McConville had been murdered.

They are appealing for the man to contact them on 028 9070 0727 or 07585 228283.

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