Suspected body of IRA victim found after 31 years

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Posted: Oct 16, 2010 11:49 AM
Suspected body of IRA victim found after 31 years

A British-Irish search team says it has found the suspected remains of a Northern Ireland man who was abducted, executed and secretly buried by the IRA in 1979.

The discovery capped a 16-month search in bogland and woods near the Northern Ireland border for 24-year-old Gerard Evans. He disappeared in March 1979 after leaving a dance.

The search began after an Irish Republican Army member in 2009 told an Irish newspaper, the Sunday Tribune, details of Evans' killing. The man said the IRA killed Evans because he was passing information on IRA activities to the police, but the IRA hid the body because it didn't want to anger Evans' extended family.

Searchers have found unmarked graves of six IRA victims since starting work in 1999. At least seven others remain missing.