Monday 11 December 2017

Remains of IRA victim found

Tom Brady, Patsy McArdle and Richard McCullen

The body of Charlie Armstrong, who was murdered by the Provisional IRA almost 29 years ago, has been found in a bog in Co Monaghan.

The find was made during a planned search after new information was given to the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains a year ago.

The commission was anonymously sent a map, indicating a previously unsearched area, where it was claimed the body had been buried.

Mr Armstrong was one of the so-called disappeared -- a group of 15 people who had been murdered by the Provisionals but whose remains had not been located.

Since organised searches began in 1999, six bodies have been recovered but the locations of the remaining nine graves have not yet been pinpointed.

The find was made yesterday afternoon in marshy bogland at Colgagh, which is near Cullaville, four miles from Crossmaglen. The commission last night confirmed that the find had been made but said the formal identification process would take some time.

It said Mr Armstrong's family, the gardai and the office of the State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy, had all been informed.

The father of five went missing on a Sunday morning while on his way to Mass in Crossmaglen, south Armagh, in August 1981.

Intelligence reports indicated that IRA men had attempted to steal his car and when he resisted, he was shot and his body then buried in the remote bogland.

Irish Independent

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