INVESTIGATORS have resumed a search for the body of IRA ‘Disappeared’ murder victim Columba McVeigh.
Earth is being removed in Bragan, County Monaghan in the hope of tracing his remains 38 years on.
The 19-year-old, from Donaghmore, County Tyrone, was kidnapped in 1975 by the IRA before being murdered and his remains put in a shallow grave.
The previous operation by the Independent Commission For The Location Of Victims Remains (ICLVR) was halted last autumn due to extreme weather conditions.
Monday’s search is a resumption of the last search operation.
A previous search for Mr McVeigh began in Bragan on April 23, 2012, but it drew to a close without success in May.
Before that, three searches were carried out in the surrounding area, near Emyvale.
The teenager’s mother, Vera McVeigh, who campaigned tirelessly for the return of his body, died in 2007, aged 82.
In 1999, the British and Irish governments established the ICLVR in the hope effort to gain confidential information about the location of their bodies.
The commission has made a renewed appeal for information on the Columba McVeigh case.