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IrelandThe Disappeared: Lead investigator says no evidence of human burial at Louth site, after ex-soldier's claims

15:16  14 august  2019
15:16  14 august  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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THE LEAD INVESTIGATOR heading up the search for the remaining members of ‘The Disappeared’ has said there’s no evidence any grave was dug at a site in Co Louth, following claims about the area made by a former British army soldier.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains, which was set up as part of the peace process to locate the bodies of  16 people who went missing and were presumed to have been killed during The Troubles, carried out an examination of the site at Ravensdale after the claims that British army captain Robert Nairac could be buried there.

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Ex-soldier Alan Barry hired trained cadaver dogs to comb the area. As reported in the Irish Times last week, the dogs alerted their handler to the spot in Ravensdale Forest, on the Louth-Armagh border.

The dogs gave a “very, very, strong indication” of human remains, their handler told the paper.

In a statement this afternoon the ICLVR said the site is not “and never has been” a gravesite.

The Disappeared: Lead investigator says no evidence of human burial at Louth site, after ex-soldier's claims Knupfer led the examination of the site, which was carried out on Tuesday, according to the ICLVR, by “an experienced archaeologist who has worked on previous searches for the Disappeared along with an assistant archaeologist”.

Knupfer said in the statement:

“We were looking at quite a defined area at which the cadaver dogs had apparently given strong indications.

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“We carried out a careful and painstaking archaeological examination.

“If the subsurface had been disturbed by a spade or any other device or implement cutting into it to bury remains we would have seen clear evidence of that. There was none.

“The subsurface was pristine. It was never a gravesite”

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