Belfast Telegraph

Search for body of Disappeared IRA victim Joe Lynskey called off

The search for the body of a man abducted and killed by the IRA has been called off after more than a month.

A fresh bid to recover the remains of Joe Lynskey, a former Cistercian monk who later joined the Provisional IRA, was launched in March by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR) after it reviewed evidence gathered while successfully recovering the remains of Seamus Wright and Kevin McKee.

Mr Lynskey was kidnapped in west Belfast in August 1972, and is included in the group of 16 people kidnapped a secretly buried by republican paramilitaries in the 1970s and 1980s known collectively as the 'Disappeared'.

The search had been taking place in Oristown, Co Meath.

The remains of Mr Wright and Mr McKee were successfully recovered during earlier searches at nearby Coghalstown in 2015.

Besides Joe Lynskey, the remains of Columba McVeigh and Robert Nairac are yet to be recovered.

Senior investigator with the ICLVR Jon Hill said: "It’s always deeply disappointing when a search is unsuccessful. The information we were working from was given in good faith and warranted further investigation.

"Unfortunately that has not produced the result that we all hoped for. The thoughts of the team working on the search are with the Lynskey family and in particular Maria, Joe’s niece, who visited the site on the first day of the search and has closely followed the process since then."

Mr Hill went on to say the "simple fact" was the search team required more information, and appealed for the public to come forward.

"I cannot stress strongly enough that all information coming to the ICLVR is treated in the strictest confidence," he said.

"There is a cast iron guarantee, enshrined in international legislation that the information we receive and the identity of those providing it will never be revealed to anyone else.

"All we want to do is to return the remains of their loved one to the family."

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