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Families of Disappeared in new appeal to find remains

Families of the 16 people killed and secretly buried by republicans during the Troubles take part in the 13th annual All Souls Silent Walk at Stormont
Families of the 16 people killed and secretly buried by republicans during the Troubles take part in the 13th annual All Souls Silent Walk at Stormont
Brett Campbell

By Brett Campbell

The sister of one of the so-called Disappeared has made a desperate plea for help to find her brother's remains.

Dympna Kerr made the appeal as families of the 16 people who were killed and secretly buried by republicans during the Troubles took part in an annual silent walk at Stormont.

Three bodies, including that of Ms Kerr's brother Columba McVeigh (19), from Co Tyrone, who was kidnapped in November 1975, have yet to be located.

She said: "Our aim as a family is to get Columba's body returned for a Christian burial in Donaghmore and put him in beside our mum and dad.

"As long as we're coming here to get this message out to people - maybe the right person will hear it and that person will come forward."

Former monk Joe Lynskey and Captain Robert Nairac also remain missing.

Ms Kerr became emotional as she described the latest failed search for her brother as "the hardest one to deal with".

"I really, really believed that we were going to find him," she said. "It was heartbreaking when we didn't."

The search at Bragan Bog in Co Monaghan, led by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR), ended earlier this year without success.

However, Ms Kerr vowed that her family will "keep going" as she laid a black wreath at the steps of Parliament Buildings on Saturday. It had three white lilies in memory of the remaining Disappeared.

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