Body found in bog identified as that of IRA Disappeared victim Brendan Megraw
Human remains found in a Co Meath bog last month have been confirmed as those of Disappeared IRA victim Brendan Megraw.
The 23-year-old newlywed was murdered and secretly buried by the IRA almost four decades ago.
Mr Megraw had been looking forward to the birth of his first child when he was abducted from his Twinbrook home in 1978.
Yesterday the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims confirmed the remains found in Co Meath were those of Mr Megraw.
Mr Megraw's brother Kieran said that the whole family were "relieved" at the confirmation.
He said: "He has been alone for nearly 40 years and now we can bring him home and lay him to rest with our mum and dad.
"We want to thank all those who have supported us over the years, in particular the ICLVR who found Brendan after the disappointment of previous unsuccessful searches."
He added: "Brendan was found because more information came in to refine the search area and we are hugely grateful for whoever provided it.
"We hope and pray that the suffering of those still waiting for the return of their loved ones will soon be brought to an end."
Mr Megraw was one of 17 people abducted, killed and clandestinely buried by republicans. The commission investigated 16 of the Disappeared.
In 1999, the Megraw family were told by the IRA that he was one of the Disappeared and his body had been dumped on the bogland near the town of Kells in Co Meath.
The bogland had been searched three times previously, most recently in 2010. The latest bid came after information was received by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR) - the body set up by the British and Irish governments to liaise with former paramilitaries to find the Disappeared.
The family have indicated that funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.