Sunday 18 February 2018

Help find the last four 'Disappeared', plead families of victims

Kevin McKee: teenager was shot in head by IRA Picture: PA
Kevin McKee: teenager was shot in head by IRA Picture: PA

David Young

Families of two 'Disappeared' IRA victims who were found in the same shallow grave have used their inquests to plead for help finding the bodies of those who remain missing.

Teenage student Kevin McKee and married labourer Seamus Wright were abducted in Belfast on the same day in 1972 and their loved ones never saw either alive again.

More than four decades later, in June last year, their remains were found lying together in reclaimed bogland.

After hearing the cases separately yesterday, a jury at Dublin Coroner's Court found both had been unlawfully killed.

Both allegedly members of the IRA, they were murdered because the organisation suspected them of being British informers.

They each died from a single gunshot wound to the left side of the head.

After the verdicts were delivered, both families urged those with information about the whereabouts of the remaining four Disappeared to give it to the cross-Border body established to find them.

While 12 bodies have been found, Joseph Lynskey, Robert Nairac, Seamus Ruddy and Columba McVeigh remain missing.

Painful

Outside court, Philomena McKee, Kevin's sister, said: "Please, please come forward. We have come this far with information that has been given - so I would plead with anybody to come forward."

The Wright family said in a statement: "Today brings final closure on a long painful process. We would appeal that all is done to allow the remaining four families to bury their loved ones."

Earlier the coroner Myra Cullinane heard that Mr McKee's heartbroken mother was left mentally tortured as she tried to convince herself he had run away to marry.

Irish Independent

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