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Brendan Megraw: Body found in Co Meath bog confirmed as Disappeared victim

The body of a man moved from a Co Meath bog has been confirmed as that of Disappeared victim Brendan Megraw.

Today, the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR) confirmed the body - recovered last month - was that of the missing Belfast man.

In a statement, ICLVR commissioners Frank Murray and Sir Ken Bloomfield said:

"The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains (ICLVR) has received the results of the DNA examination carried out on samples of the human remains recovered by the ICLVR team at Oristown, Co Meath, on the 1st October, 2014.

"The results positively indicate that the remains are those of Brendan Megraw.

"Dr Brian Farrell, Coroner for the City of Dublin has accepted this as evidence of identification and will shortly authorise the release of the remains to the family.

"The thoughts of everyone in the Commission are with the Megraw family at this difficult time.

"The family have indicated that funeral arrangements will be announced in due course."

The Megraw family had been awaiting DNA confirmation after the discovery of the body on October 1.

Mr Megraw, was abducted by the IRA on Saturday April 8 1978 and murdered and secretly buried. He was a newly-wed, 23 and awaiting the birth of his daughter.

His kidnappers had drugged his wife Marie in their home as they waited for his return, and as they took him away they warned her not to worry or contact police.

The Megraw family were only told by the IRA in 1999 that he was one of the Disappeared and his body had been dumped on the bogland near the town of Kells.

The discovery was made by contractors working on behalf of the ICLVR as they carried out preparatory works on Oristown bog.

More detailed forensic excavations were organised after specific information was handed over in recent months to the commission, set up by the British and Irish governments to liaise with former paramilitaries to find the Disappeared.

Mr Megraw was one of 17 people abducted, killed and clandestinely buried by republicans.

The commission investigated 16 of the Disappeared.

Mr Megraw's brothers Sean and Kieran spoke of their shock at the relatively quick discovery when the commission investigators returned to Oristown earlier this year after confirming new information after so many years searching in vain.

Separate searches have also taken place on bogland a few miles away from where Mr Megraw was buried, near Wilkinstown, Co Meath for the remains of Kevin McKee and Seamus Wright, both of whom were taken by the IRA in October 1972.

It is also suspected Joseph Lynskey, a former Cistercian monk taken from the Beechmount area of west Belfast in the summer of 1972, was also buried somewhere in the region.

Investigators believe one person living locally may hold vital clues to several families' decades-long quest to find the bodies of loved ones.

BACKGROUND

Brendan Megraw was just 23 when he was abducted from his Twinbrook home in 1978. He had been looking forward to the birth of his first child at the time.

Those still missing include Joe Lynskey, a Cistercian monk from Belfast, and Captain Robert Nairac of the SAS.

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