French police say DNA identified body of slain Irishman

Seamus Ruddy, whose body was recently found in French wood, was abducted, killed in 1985 amid Northern Ireland's 'Troubles'

French police say DNA identified body of slain Irishman

World Bulletin / News Desk

Human remains recently found in a forest in northwestern France have been identified as belonging to an Irishman who was disappeared amid Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’ over 30 years ago, local media reported on Thursday.

The body of Seamus Ruddy was first found on May 6 in a wood at Pont-de-l’Arche near Rouen by a special investigative team.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains (ICLVR) said DNA profiling had identified the remains as Ruddy, and that his body would be “repatriated in due course”.

Ruddy, who vanished in 1985, was one of the so-called Disappeared, a collection of over dozen people murdered during three decades of the Northern Ireland conflict.

Most of these people were killed by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and their bodies secretly buried. Ruddy is believed to have been abducted and killed by members of the Irish National Liberation Army, an off-shoot of the larger IRA.

Ruddy, originally from Newry, County Down, was identified through dental DNA from teeth found among the bones which were compared with "7 or 8 samples" from his family, French daily L'Express reported Thursday, quoting Colonel Emmanuel Valot, a police commander.

Valot said the bones would be handed over to the Irish authorities and judicial proceedings opened by the prosecutor's office of Evreux would be wound up.

Ruddy had been working as an English teacher in Paris when he was kidnapped and executed.

His body will be returned to his family in Newry, some 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Belfast.

Ruddy's sister, Anne Morgan, who campaigned for years to find his body, welcomed the news.

"As the family are getting older it is more poignant now we are able to bring him home and at least we will have some sort of closure," she told BBC radio.

The ICLVR has previously recovered the bodies of other Disappeared victims, among them Brendan Megraw in 2014 and Kevin McKee and Seamus Wright in 2015.

The remains of Columba McVeigh, Joe Lynskey and Robert Nairac -- a British Army captain -- have yet to be found.

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