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Capt Robert Nairac: Site to be investigated for remains of IRA disappeared victim

Robert Nairac
Robert Nairac

Claims that the remains of British army captain Robert Nairac are buried in a forest in Co Louth are set to be investigated.

Its comes after specialist dogs alerted their handler to a patch of ground in the area where human remains may be buried.

One of the dogs involved in the search.
One of the dogs involved in the search.

Captain Nairac is one of three remaining Disappeared, the term used to refer to the 16 victims of republican paramilitaries who were murdered and secretly buried.

Ravensdale Forest is just over the border from south Armagh and was searched by the dogs on Tuesday, according to the Irish Times.

They were hired by the former British army soldier and documentary-maker Alan Barry, who is trying to locate Captain Nairac's remains.

The captain, who was also an army intelligence officer, was shot dead by the Provisional IRA on May 15, 1977 after being abducted from a pub in Dromintee, Co Armagh.

Mr Barry said he alerted the Gardai on Tuesday following the search, after which four officers attended the scene.

He said he also informed the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains, which is responsible for locating the Disappeared.

The ICLVR said it intends to send a forensic archaeologist to the site to conduct a preliminary investigation - a process which may take a number of weeks, according to a spokesperson.

Mr Barry hired a psychic earlier this year to help find Capt Nairac’s remains, a process he said brought him to the spot where cadaver dogs indicated human remains were buried.

The dogs were trained and handled by Paul Murphy, who trains dogs for the Civil Defence and US police forces.

The psychic's claims were not investigated because the ICLVR does not respond to clairvoyant or psychic findings.

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