The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains (ICLVR) has confirmed nothing was found during its search for the remains of Seamus Ruddy in France last week.

A spokesperson for the Commission said: "Representatives from the Commission have spent the past week in the Rouen region of France searching for the remains of Seamus Ruddy.

They were accompanied by a team of forensic experts from the UK and Ireland to search an identified area where it had been indicated to the Commission that the remains of Mr Ruddy may be located.

Last week’s visit was the latest in a series of visits to the site by Commission representatives and experts.

A thorough technical and physical search of this area was conducted, including extensive excavation of the site.

Work concluded at the weekend and unfortunately, no remains were found.

The Ruddy family has been kept fully informed during all stages of the search.

The Commission has no further information on where Seamus Ruddy may be buried, but the case remains open. 

The Commission would like to thank the French authorities for all their co-operation in taking this work forward.

Anyone with information which could help the Commission should contact the confidential telephone number 00800 – 55585500 or write to ICLVR P.O. Box 10827, Dublin 2."

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