BODY EXHUMED FROM URBLESHANNY GRAVEYARD IS NOT IRA VICTIM

19 August 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

RELATIVES of a Co. Tyrone man who was abducted and murdered by the IRA thirty-six years ago expressed disappointment last week at the news that skeletal remains which were exhumed from the local churchyard at Urbleshanny some weeks ago, were not those of Columba McVeigh, from Donaghmore, near Dungannon.
Friends of the family said they still believe Mr. McVeigh was buried in boglands at Bragan, despite information received by a Northern priest that
the body might have been subsequently taken and buried in an existing
grave in the North Monaghan churchyard.
The Independent Commission for the Location of the Victims of the Disappeared said forensic tests had positively established that the body which was exhumed in Co. Monaghan was not that of McVeigh.
The late mother of the 17- years- old victim had poignantly watched several earlier searches for her son’s body in the North Monaghan area prior
to her death.
Last night, a close family friend said :’The news that the body still hasn’t been located has come as a further blow, even though they did not initially believe the remains were those of Columba.”
The victim’s brother, Oliver, said he was still determined to bring conclusion to his brother’s disappearance.
While his hopes were never really high that the remains exhumed were those of his brother, he is still hopeful, he said, that Columba’s body might still be located soon.
The skeletal remains which were removed from the Urbleshanny graveyard are to be re-interred at the cemetery.

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