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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 May, 2005, 13:03 GMT 14:03 UK
Mother's appeal over murdered son
Gareth O'Connor is believed to have been abducted by the IRA
The family of Gareth O'Connor, who was abducted and murdered two years ago, have appealed for the public's help in finding his body.

The 24-year-old father of two disappeared after leaving his home in Armagh in May 2003.

Police believe that he was abducted by the IRA.

His mother Bernadette said she will grieve for her son every day for the rest of her life.

"But none of us can grieve properly or try to move on until we have given him a proper burial," Mrs O'Connor said.

"All we ask is that we are given our basic human rights."

Mrs O'Connor said the family's pain and torment would never go away.

"Gareth is gone, he has been taken away from us. But someone, somewhere can answer our prayers by helping us find his body," she said.

"We just want our son back again, so we can bury him and visit his grave."

'Remains active'

His partner Leona O'Hare said: "Gareth was a partner and a loving and caring father. There is not a day that passes that I don't think about Gareth and what became of him.

"Gareth's little boys are seven and three-years-old now, they will never see their daddy again."

The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Superintendent Derek Williamson, said the investigation into Mr O'Connor's murder remained active.

"I am convinced, as the family are, that someone knows the answer to their prayers - that their son's body can be found," he said.

"I would ask that anyone with a conscience, anyone who knows anything at all, get in touch with either the police, the family or alternatively another respected member of the community."


SEE ALSO:
Missing man's father 'blames IRA'
01 Sep 03 |  Northern Ireland
IRA denies abducting man
13 May 03 |  Northern Ireland
Priest fears for missing man
14 May 03 |  Northern Ireland



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