Jean McConville murder: Pensioner arrested

Jean McConville murder: Pensioner arrested

A 77-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested in the North of Ireland in relation to the abduction and murder of Jean McConville.

The mother of ten children was taken by the IRA from her Belfast flat in December 1972 and became known as one of the Disappeared. She was 37.

Her body was not recovered until August 2003, when it was discovered on a beach in Co. Louth. Ms McConville was held at one or more houses before being shot.

The PSNI said a suspect was arrested today in West Belfast relation to the murder and questioned at a police station in Co Antrim.


The Disappeared refers to a group of people abducted, murdered and secretly buried by republicans during the Troubles,

In 1999 the IRA admitted its role in nine of the killings, but the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains lists 16 people as "disappeared".

Last November the Commission renewed its appeal for information on the deaths, with a number of the bodies yet to be found.