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Wet weather hampers new hunt for Columba McVeigh

The search continues for Columba McVeigh yesterday
The search continues for Columba McVeigh yesterday
Columba McVeigh
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

Wet weather conditions led to slow progress on the first day of a fresh search for a teenager murdered and secretly buried by the IRA.

Columba McVeigh, from Donaghmore in Co Tyrone, was abducted, shot and secretly buried in November 1975.

A new search for his remains started last September in bogland in Co Monaghan but was suspended after six weeks due to bad weather.

Excavators returned to a site at Bragan bog near Emyvale yesterday to resume the search.

Four previous searches in the bog have not uncovered the 17-year-old's remains.

Dennis Godfrey from the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR) said day one of the new search was hampered by the weather.

"The very wet conditions meant it was quite a slow day. We aren't putting a time frame on this and we'll be there for as long as it takes," he said.

"We're making progress and will be pressing on."

Last month an anonymous donor put up a reward of $60,000 (£47,539) for information that results in the recovery of the remains of the three outstanding Disappeared cases.

They are Mr McVeigh, Joe Lynskey and soldier Robert Nairac.

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