Belfast Telegraph

Disappeared victim's sister pleads for news of where he is buried

A picture of Seamus Wright, one of the
A picture of Seamus Wright, one of the "Disappeared" victims of the Troubles, is displayed in a hearse during his funeral service

A sister of one of the remaining Disappeared victims of the Troubles has pleaded with those who know where he is buried to end her family's plight.

Anne Morgan said her only wish was to find her brother Seamus Ruddy, who vanished in France 30 years ago.

Mr Ruddy is one of four people murdered and secretly buried by republican paramilitaries during the conflict whose remains have still not been recovered.

Ms Morgan joined other Disappeared relatives at Stormont in Belfast on their annual wreath laying ceremony.

"Finding his body and bringing him finally home for a Christian burial in Newry (Co Down) with our mother and father is our only wish," she said.

She urged anyone with information on the four outstanding cases to contact the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICVLR) - a body set up by the British and Irish governments during the peace process.

"For over ten years we have undertaken this silent walk here at Stormont as a reminder to the politicians and to the local communities that our plight is on-going," she added.

"We hold out hope that, with new information, we will finally be able to lay our loved ones to rest through Christian burial. We urge those who can help us, to do so by contacting the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains through their confidential phone line or postal address or by going to someone they trust so the commission can recover our loved ones."

As well as Mr Ruddy, Columba McVeigh, cistercian monk Joe Lynskey and SAS-trained Captain Robert Nairac remain missing.

Earlier this year, two men - Kevin McKee and Seamus Wright - were found in a shallow grave near Coghalstown in Co Meath in September.

To date, the ICVLR has recovered the remains of 12 people abducted, murdered and secretly buried during the Troubles.

For the last decade, families of the Disappeared have staged the walk on All Souls Day to highlight the cases of those still to be found.

The families carry a black wreath with attached white lilies representing those who have yet to found. On Monday two lilies representing Mr McKee and Mr Wright were removed.

Kieran Megraw, whose brother Brendan was found in 2014, said: "For many years the Megraw family held out little hope that we would be able to lay our brother to rest, but thanks to the dedication of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains and to the person or persons who provided that final piece of information we were finally able to bring Brendan home for Christian burial."


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