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Disappeared: Search to resume for the body of Brendan Megraw who was murdered by IRA

By Chris Kilpatrick

Fresh searches are set to take place for the remains of Disappeared IRA victim Brendan Megraw after new information was passed to investigators.

The 23-year-old was abducted and murdered by the IRA in 1978 before being secretly buried.

Mr Megraw's wife was expecting their first baby when he was taken from his west Belfast home.

To date, nine of the so-called Disappeared have been recovered but seven families – including Mr Megraw's – are still searching for the bodies of their loved ones.

Yesterday it was confirmed a geophysical survey will be carried out on land not previously searched.

It is situated on a bog at Oristown in Co Meath where it is believed the IRA buried Mr Megraw.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains (ICLVR), the body set up by the British and Irish Governments to recover the remains of the Disappeared, said it hoped the work will commence within days.

Geoff Knupfer, lead forensic scientist and investigator with the group, said: "We will carry out an initial survey of ground that is on the site where we think Brendan could be buried but has not previously been analysed.

"This will involve a team of forensic archaeologists using ground penetrating radar to try to identify anomalies beneath the surface that may warrant further investigation and a fresh search".

There have been three unsuccessful searches for Mr Megraw's remains, the most recent of which took place in 2010.

So far 10 acres of the bog have been searched with the new investigation set to focus on a five acre area.

Mr Knupfer said the ICLVR did not carry out "speculative operations", adding: "We are entirely information led.

"The crucial point is that all information that comes to the ICLVR is held in complete confidence and can only be used for the purposes of the recovery of remains so that they can be restored to their families for a Christian burial. It is never under any circumstances shared with any other agency".

In May, Mr Megraw's brother, Kieran, said recovering his remains was his family's priority.

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