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Human remains found in search for one of 'Disappeared' in Co Meath

Northern IrelandBy Jamie McDowell
Joe Lynskey
Joe Lynskey

Contractors searching for the remains of one of The Disappeared, Joe Lynskey, have found human remains in County Meath.

The discovery was made today by contractors working on behalf of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victim’s Remains.

In a statement, the commission said: “Following the recovery of the body the State Pathologist will begin the process of post-mortem and of formal identification.”

Joe Lynskey went missing from West Belfast in August 1972.

Almost 40 years later the IRA admitted abducting, killing and burying him.

Investigators working to recover the bodies of the Disappeared had previously stated that they'd narrowed the search for Mr Lynskey to 15 acres of bogland at Coghalstown, County Meath. 

At the time, lead forensic scientist Geoff Knupfer, said: "We have good reason to believe that we are in the right area and that his remains lie somewhere in the six hectares (15 acres) site but while the terrain is not as rough as at Oristown where we found Brendan Megraw in October last year we still have a difficult and complex task ahead of us.

"We are satisfied that the time is right to bring in our team of forensic archaeologists to start the search beneath the surface."

 The scene where the remains have been found is close to Oristown Bog where the remains of 23-year-old Brendan Megraw were recovered last year.