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Remains confirmed to be those of Disappeared man

DNA tests have shown that remains found on an Antrim beach last month are those of Peter Wilson, who went missing 37 years ago.

Peter's sister Anne, and her daughter Francis, watch a coffin with Peter Wilson's remains being removed from Waterfoot beach in the Glens of Antrim.
Peter's sister Anne, and her daughter Francis, watch a coffin with Peter Wilson's remains being removed from Waterfoot beach in the Glens of Antrim.
Image: Paul Faith/PA Wire/Press Association Images

HUMAN REMAINS DISCOVERED recently in County Antrim have been confirmed to be those of Peter Wilson, one of the so-called ‘Disappeared’.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains recovered the remains and received the results of DNA tests. The results confirmed that the remains belonged to the 21-year-old, who went missing in 1973.

The Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern welcomed the confirmation, saying in a statement that his “thoughts were with the Wilson family at this time”. Ahern also thanked the Commission for their efforts.

Peter Wilson is believed to have been kidnapped and murdered by the IRA in 1973.

RTÉ reports that the Wilson family released a statement, in which they said:

When he went missing we were left not knowing what had happened. He was very close to our mother and we know she suffered in silence for the 34 years of her life that he was missing.

We had to wait until the 2nd November 2010 – some 37 years after he went missing – when his body was found after a short search at Waterfoot beach Co Antrim.

We are comforted that we will finally be able to bring him home for Christian burial in order that he may rest in peace.

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