Preparatory work commences in search of one of the Disappeared, Joe Lynskey

12th March 2018


It is hoped the search can begin in the next few days depending on how long it takes to clear a section of trees.

The lead investigator for the ICLVR Geoff Knupfer said:

“We carried out an extensive search for Joe Lynskey in nearby Coghalstown in 2015.

During that search we found the remains of Seamus Wright and Kevin McKee but unfortunately we drew a blank in relation to Joe Lynskey.

As we do after every unsuccessful search we go back and review all the information that we have pulled together to see if there are other lines of inquiry to be pursued.

That’s what we’ve done in this case and as a result we are going to look at quite a small area of woodland at Oristown near where we found Brendan Megraw in 2014.

We will start as soon as the land is cleared of trees and our contractors and forensic archaeologists can get to work.

We anticipate that this will not be a long search either way.

The Lynskey family have been informed and they know only too well that there is no guarantee of success but we will continue to do everything we can”.

Of the 16 Disappeared, the remains of 13 have been recovered.

The remaining three are Joe Lynskey, Columba McVeigh and Robert Nairac.

Mr Knupfer appealed for information on the three remaining cases:

“Any information provided to the ICLVR is held in complete confidence and can only be used for the location of the Disappeared and cannot be shared with other agencies for any other purpose.

Anyone with information on any of the outstanding cases should contact the ICLVR on 00800 555 85500, by writing to ICLVR, PO Box 10827, Dublin 2. or via the website www.iclvr.ie”.