Investigators have found the remains of a victim of the Troubles in County Antrim. Investigators began searching for Peter Wilson (21) on the beach, at Waterfoot last week.
The Irish Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains (ICLVA) organized the search after a tip-off. The group issued a statement confirming that they uncovered “human remains” in the examination area.
The statement reads “The recovery is ongoing and the formal identification process will take some time….The family of Mr Wilson and the Police Service of Northern Ireland have been informed.”
Wilson went missing in August 1973. Wilson, who had learning difficulties, vanished after leaving his home in Beechmount, near the Falls Road, in West Belfast.
In a statement issued by the family they said that they discovery of the remains was “a special day for our family…today, on All Souls Day, his body has been found, and while that does not tell us what happened, at least now we will be able to give him a Christian burial.
“Right now it has not completely sunk in. We were hopeful when the dig began, but we did not expect a result so soon.” It will take weeks to fully recover the remains.
Gerry Adams, Sinn Féin president has welcomed the developments and said that his thoughts are with the Wilson family.
This is the first time that one of the “Disappeared” have been recovered in Northern Ireland.