An space in County Louth tested as a part of an investigation into the disappearance of Army officer Robert Nairac “was never a grave site”, investigators have mentioned.
The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains (ICLVR) led Tuesday’s seek.
It adopted “strong indications” through specialist, cadaver canines.
However, the lead investigator, Geoff Knupfer, mentioned there used to be no proof of disturbance to the web site.
Robert Nairac used to be considered one of 16 folks kidnapped and murdered through republicans right through the Troubles.
His frame hasn’t ever been discovered and there was a lot hypothesis concerning the disposal of his stays.
The ICLVR, which used to be set as much as to find the our bodies of the Disappeared, mentioned the archaeological exam in Ravensdale forest have been “careful and painstaking”.
Mr Knupfer mentioned: “We had been having a look at reasonably an outlined space at which the cadaver canines had it seems that given robust indications.
“If the subsurface have been disturbed through a spade or every other tool or put in force chopping into it to bury stays we’d have noticed transparent proof of that.
“There was none. The subsurface was pristine. It was never a grave site.”
So a ways, stays of 12 of the 16 who disappeared had been recovered.
The commission may be lately in search of Columba McVeigh in Bragan Bog, County Monaghan.
Mr McVeigh, 19, from Donaghmore, County Tyrone, used to be additionally killed and secretly buried through republicans after being abducted in November 1975.
Mr Knupfler mentioned the commission made “careful judgments”.
“We work from credible information and draw on years of experience with some of the best forensic archaeologists in Ireland and the UK to narrow down a site and all we can ever say with confidence is that if the remains are there we will find them,” he mentioned.
“In the final 5 years we’ve got performed 4 substantive searches and recovered the stays of 4 of The Disappeared.
“But there are not any promises the place our bodies had been secretly buried over 40 years in the past.”