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Northern Ireland Families Haunted by the ‘Disappeared’

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A memorial for Brian McKinney is seen at the site where his body was discovered in 1999 at Colgagh bog, Inniskeen, November 4, 2014. McKinney disappeared on the May 25, 1978, aged 22. His body was located on June 29, 1999 at Colgagh bog, Inniskeen. The IRA admitted killing 13 of the 16 classified as "disappeared" in the 1970s and 80s, mostly Catholics accused of collaborating with British forces, while the Irish National Liberation Army admitted one. No one has taken responsibility for the other two, or two more who went missing after 1998. Several of the bodies have never been found and, like for the vast majority of the victims of Northern Ireland's "Troubles", none of the crimes have been solved and the perpetrators remain unpunished. The families of the Disappeared are frustrated that Northern Ireland appears so reluctant to investigate its past. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (NORTHERN IRELAND - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 02 OF 17 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'THE DISAPPEARED' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'MCNAUGHTON DISAPPEARED'
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A pair of glasses which were discovered in Seamus Ruddy's Paris apartment after he went missing are displayed in his sister Anne Morgan's house in Newry, County Down November 4, 2014. Ruddy disappeared in Paris on May 9, 1985 aged 33. His body has never been recovered. The IRA admitted killing 13 of the 16 classified as "disappeared" in the 1970s and 80s, mostly Catholics accused of collaborating with British forces, while the Irish National Liberation Army admitted one. No one has taken responsibility for the other two, or two more who went missing after 1998. Several of the bodies have never been found and, like for the vast majority of the victims of Northern Ireland's "Troubles", none of the crimes have been solved and the perpetrators remain unpunished. The families of the Disappeared are frustrated that Northern Ireland appears so reluctant to investigate its past. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (NORTHERN IRELAND - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 08 OF 17 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'THE DISAPPEARED' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'MCNAUGHTON DISAPPEARED'
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Oliver McVeigh holds a picture of his brother Columba, at their mother Vera's graveside, in Donaghmore, County Tyrone November 7, 2014. Columba disappeared on November 1, 1975 aged 17. His body has never been recovered. His mother's wish was that her rosary beads be placed in Columba's coffin when he is found. The IRA admitted killing 13 of the 16 classified as "disappeared" in the 1970s and 80s, mostly Catholics accused of collaborating with British forces, while the Irish National Liberation Army admitted one. No one has taken responsibility for the other two, or two more who went missing after 1998. Several of the bodies have never been found and, like for the vast majority of the victims of Northern Ireland's "Troubles", none of the crimes have been solved and the perpetrators remain unpunished. The families of the Disappeared are frustrated that Northern Ireland appears so reluctant to investigate its past. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (NORTHERN IRELAND - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 14 OF 17 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'THE DISAPPEARED' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'MCNAUGHTON DISAPPEARED'
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Columba McVeigh's last letter home to his mother is displayed in his brother Oliver's house in County Tyrone November 7, 2014. Columba disappeared on November 1, 1975 aged 17. His body has never been recovered. His mother's wish was that her rosary beads be placed in Columba's coffin when he is found. The IRA admitted killing 13 of the 16 classified as "disappeared" in the 1970s and 80s, mostly Catholics accused of collaborating with British forces, while the Irish National Liberation Army admitted one. No one has taken responsibility for the other two, or two more who went missing after 1998. Several of the bodies have never been found and, like for the vast majority of the victims of Northern Ireland's "Troubles", none of the crimes have been solved and the perpetrators remain unpunished. The families of the Disappeared are frustrated that Northern Ireland appears so reluctant to investigate its past. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (NORTHERN IRELAND - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 15 OF 17 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'THE DISAPPEARED' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'MCNAUGHTON DISAPPEARED'
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Patricia Gearon (L), 64, and her sister Helen McKinley, 65, walk to the site where their brother Peter Wilson's remains were discovered in 2010 at Waterfoot beach in County Antrim November 5, 2014. Peter Wilson was last seen in Falls Park in August 1973 aged 21. His body was found in November 2010 at Waterfoot beach in County Antrim. He is one of a group of people kidnapped, murdered and buried in remote locations by Paramilitaries during the conflict in Northern Ireland. The IRA admitted killing 13 of the 16 classified as "disappeared" in the 1970s and 80s, mostly Catholics accused of collaborating with British forces, while the Irish National Liberation Army admitted one. No one has taken responsibility for the other two, or two more who went missing after 1998. Several of the bodies have never been found and, like for the vast majority of the victims of Northern Ireland's "Troubles", none of the crimes have been solved and the perpetrators remain unpunished. The families of the Disappeared are frustrated that Northern Ireland appears so reluctant to investigate its past. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (NORTHERN IRELAND - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 16 OF 17 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'THE DISAPPEARED' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'MCNAUGHTON DISAPPEARED'
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