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Body of man murdered by IRA over 30 years ago finally uncovered

The body of Gerry Evans, who was murdered by the Provisional IRA over 30 years ago, was found yesterday in Co Louth.

Mr Evans, pictured below, from Crossmaglen in south Armagh, was 24 years old when he went missing in 1979.

He was last seen hitching a lift on the N2 Dublin to Derry road from Castleblayney, Co Monaghan and became one of the so-called disappeared -- a group of 15 people believed murdered by the Provisionals whose remains had not been located.

Since organised searches began in 1999, seven bodies have now been recovered but the eight remaining graves have yet to be pinpointed.

Mr Evans was a neighbour of Charlie Armstrong, whose body was found in a bog at Colgagh, Co Monaghan, in July.

The latest discovery was made at Carrickrobin, a couple of weeks after the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains had called off their search there.

Forensic experts led the 16-month search for the body. After it was announced that the search was being wound down, Mr Evans' family told of their devastation at the failure to find him. The search was resumed, however, after the commission received a "clarification" of the original information provided about the location of Mr Evans' remains.

And after a breakthrough yesterday, the commission announced that human remains had been found there.

A statement added: "The recovery is ongoing and the formal identification process will take some time."

Members of the Evans family and a hearse arrived at the site yesterday afternoon.

The Provisionals have denied that they were involved in the disappeances of either Mr Evans or Mr Armstrong and Sinn Fein stated they had no evidence to suggest that the IRA was involved in either death.

Last night Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams welcomed the news that remains had been found on the site.

Irish Independent