Search for Disappeared victim 'to be wound down'

A painstaking search for one of the so-called Disappeared victims will be wound down in the coming days, it was revealed tonight.

Forensic experts scouring a site in Co Louth for Gerard Evans said they have found no remains after a year-and-a-half long operation.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains (ICLVR) confirmed all survey and search work at Carrickrobin would halt in the next few days.

“The Commission’s experts will have completed an 18-month long thorough and painstaking search of areas highlighted in information received,” said a ICLVR spokesman.

“Regrettably, to date, the remains of Gerard Evans have not been found.”

The ICLVR again appealed for more information on the case and those of the other Disappeared, believed to have been abducted, murdered and secretly buried by republicans during the Troubles.

Mr Evans vanished while hitch-hiking outside Castleblaney, Co Monaghan in 1979. He was 24 years old at the time.

His family lived in Crossmaglen, south Armagh, just across the border, close to another Disappeared victim Charlie Armstrong.

The remains of Mr Armstrong, who went missing in 1981, were buried earlier this month after being discovered in bogland in Co Monaghan last July.

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