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Human remains found in French search for Disappeared Seamus Ruddy

ICLVR crews have been searching the area since earlier this week.

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HUMAN REMAINS HAVE been found in the search for Seamus Ruddy, one of The Disappeared.

The remains were found in a forest at Pont-de-l’Arche near Rouen in northern France, the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains confirmed.

ICLVR crews have been searching the area since earlier this week.

They say that recovery of the remains will now take place and an identification process will follow.

Newry-born teacher Ruddy was abducted from Paris in 1985 and it is believed he was murdered by the INLA.

Following the discovery, the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald said, “I hope the discovery of remains in France will move us ever closer to finalising the tragic search for all of the Disappeared.

For a family to be bereaved but denied the opportunity to bury their loved one is a terrible cruelty that is hard to imagine. At this time, I would like to remember all of the families of the Disappeared and the suffering which they have endured. In particular, my thoughts are with those families who still await recovery of the remains of their loved ones.

“I want also to commend the dedicated and ceaseless humanitarian work of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains and its project team. I assure them and the families of the other Disappeared of my and the Government’s support for their ongoing work.”

The ICLVR recovered the bodies of victims Brendan Megraw, in 2014, and Kevin McKee and Seamus Wright in 2015. The remains of Columba McVeigh, Joe Lynskey and Robert Nairac have yet to be recovered.

Anyone with information on the Disappeared can contact the ICLVR in complete confidence on 00800 555 85500, by writing to ICLVR, PO Box 10827, Dublin 2. or via the website

Read: The Disappeared: Search to take place in France for man murdered by the INLA

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