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Investigator's distress over failure to find Columba

By Joe McCabe

A senior investigator with the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains (ICLVR) has spoken of his distress at the failure to find the remains of IRA 'Disappeared' victim Columba McVeigh, believed to be buried on a remote mountainside.

The Co Tyrone teenager was abducted and killed by the IRA whilst working in Dublin in November 1975.

John Hill left the Bragan search site in Co Monaghan on Thursday.

This particular search has been ongoing intermittently since April 2012. Several areas of the 10-acre Monaghan site were searched repeatedly.

The senior investigator said: "Disappointing doesn't cover it. It's far more than disappointing. It's extremely distressing for the whole team involved and not least for the families. Everyone is very disappointed as we were quite hopeful when we started."

Mr Hill said that because the level of intelligence seemed to be accurate it was hoped that the search would have been concluded in a relatively short timeframe.

"The reality is that, that is never the way it works out. It is not a simple job."

Mr Hill called for anyone with information about any of the unaccounted for Disappeared to come forward in complete anonymity.

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