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Body on beach IS Jean.

Byline: JILLY BEATTIE

THE SKELETON found in a shallow grave on a beach two months ago was IRA victim Jean McConville, Gardai confirmed last night.

A senior officer phoned Mrs McConville's family to say they could finally arrange to bury their mother - 31 years after she was killed.

The mother-of-10's body was discovered last August on Shelling Hill beach near Carlingford, Co Louth.

A Garda spokeswoman said last night: "We can confirm from DNA tests that it is Jean McConville's body."

Jean, 37, was abducted a month after she helped a wounded soldier at Belfast's Divis Flats.

Jean's daughter Jean McKendry, 46, said: "This news was meant to be a relief and in a way of course it is.

Jean's son Michael hit out at the IRA yesterday saying: "They murdered her for nothing and then tried to smear her.

"I want them to apologise for what they did."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 21, 2003
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