Remains identified as Armstrong’s

HUMAN remains discovered in July were those of Charlie Armstrong, believed to have been abducted and murdered by the IRA in 1981.

Mr Armstrong, 57, from south Armagh, went missing on his way to Mass.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains has received the results of the DNA exam following the find at Colgagh, Co Monaghan.

Dublin coroner Dr Brian Farrell has authorised the release of the remains to the dead man’s family.

He is one of the so-called Disappeared – 14 men and women abducted and killed by republican paramilitaries at the height of the violence in the North.

In 2008, experts concentrated on an area of bog and gorse at Inniskeen in a search just a couple of miles from the Armstrong family home in Crossmaglen.

The commission was prompted to act that year by an anonymous map, sent to the family, which claimed he had been buried there.

It was the second map the family had received. The first showed a slightly different location.

Nothing was found during those searches, but the remains were discovered in an adjoining area.

The IRA admitted in 1999 that it killed and buried nine of the Disappeared – Seamus Wright, Kevin McKee, Jean McConville, Columba McVeigh, Brendan Megraw, John McClory, Brian McKinney, Eamon Molloy and Danny McElhone – in secret locations.

The bodies of Mr Molloy, Mr McKinney, Mr McClory, Ms McConville and Mr McElhone have been found.

Others who vanished include Gerry Evans, Robert Nairac and Seamus Ruddy, who disappeared in France and whose murder was admitted by the INLA.

Justice Minister Dermot Ahern expressed sympathy with the Armstrong family.

“The suffering they have had to endure for 29 long years cannot be truly understood by me or by anyone who has not experienced the disappearance of a loved one.

“For many years Mrs Armstrong has said that all she wishes for is to give her husband a proper burial and to have a grave to visit.”


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