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  • 1 May 2014, 10:00

The 'Disappeared': Who Were They?

Jean McConville was one of the most well-known of the "Disappeared" - those abducted and killed by Republican paramilitaries during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Like the others who were murdered, Mrs McConville was buried in an unmarked grave.

Of the sixteen victims, nine of their remains have been recovered.

The Provisional Irish Republican Army has admitted responsibility for 13 of the killings, while the Irish National Liberation Army has admitted carrying out one of them.

Efforts to find their remains were stepped up in 1999 when the British and Irish governments agreed to set up the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains.

Anyone with information on the location of victims can contact the commission confidentially.

In recent years the commission has made a number of breakthroughs.

Charlie Armstrong, a married father-of-five, was on his way to collect a neighbour to go to mass in 1981 when he was abducted and killed.

In July 2010 the commission found his remains in County Monaghan.

Gerard Evans, a 24-year-old painter, disappeared in 1979 as he was on his way home.

His remains were recovered from a site in Carrickrobin, County Louth, in October 2010 after new information was received.

No one has claimed responsibility for these murders.

Peter Wilson vanished from his west Belfast home in 1973 when he was 21-years-old.

He was added to the list in 2009 and his remains were found at Waterfoot beach in County Antrim in November 2010.

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