Remains Uncovered In France Confirmed As Those Of 'Disappeared' Victim

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR) has confirmed that human remains found in France are those of 'Disappeared' victim Seamus Ruddy.

Mr Ruddy, from Newry, was a 33-year-old English teacher in Paris, when he disappeared in May 1985. The INLA admitted responsibility for his death in December 1995. In February 1999, information emerged to suggest that his body was buried at a location near Rouen, however previous searches by the ICLVR had not recovered his remains.

Members of the ICLVR launched a new search operation at a forest at Pont-de-l'Arche at the beginning of May.

Speaking following the confirmation, the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, said: "Our thoughts today are with Seamus Ruddy’s family. While I know that this news will be bring mixed emotions for them, I hope the confirmation of the discovery of his remains will provide some comfort to his family after such a long period of suffering for them. 

"I want to thank the Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains for their tireless, ongoing work on behalf of the families of the Disappeared. That work will continue to have our full support with the aim of ensuring that the remains of the other victims will be located. Anybody with any information that can assist in that task should bring it forward without delay."


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