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The search for Joe Lynskey’s body at Coghalstown, Co Meath. Photo: Justin Kernoghan

The search for Joe Lynskey’s body at Coghalstown, Co Meath. Photo: Justin Kernoghan

The search for Joe Lynskey’s body at Coghalstown, Co Meath. Photo: Justin Kernoghan

A PAINSTAKING search for the body of IRA victim Joe Lynskey is expected to take several months.

The search of a 15-acre site in Coghalstown, Co Meath began yesterday, where forensic archaeologists spent nine hours on the former bog land.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR) will continue its search this morning following initial clearing and digging works at the site where it's believed the former Cistercian monk, who went missing from west Belfast in August 1972, is buried.

While the area is now farmland, and flatter than the site of the discovery of Brendan Megraw's body last October, the search is still expected to be difficult.

"It could be months before a body is found," spokesman Dennis Godfrey admitted.

It was almost 40 years after Mr Lynskey's disappearance that the IRA admitted to abducting, killing and burying him.

Mr Godfrey added: "No one should assume that we have all the information we need.

"We're still appealing for anyone who might know anything about Mr Lynskey or any of the Disappeared to come forward."

 

Irish Independent