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Jean McConville murder: Police appeal for caller to contact them

Jean McConville and family
Image caption Widow Jean McConville left behind 10 children when she was abducted and murdered

Police investigating the abduction and murder of Jean McConville are appealing to the man who contacted her family almost 20 years ago to get in touch.

The mother-of-ten was taken by the IRA from her west Belfast flat in December 1972.

Police said the man told her family that he had been ordered to steal a van that was used to take her away and had driven her to a house and then left.

He moved to England shortly after and only then heard she had been murdered.

After being taken from her flat, the 37-year-old, who became known as one of the so-called Disappeared, was held at one or more houses before being shot.

Her body was recovered on a beach in County Louth in August 2003.

Police said the man was 16 years old in 1972, and from west Belfast.

He made the call to the McConville family in the mid to late 1990s.

Police appealed for the man or anyone who knows him to contact them.

The Disappeared are those who were abducted, murdered and secretly buried by republicans during the Troubles.

The IRA admitted in 1999 that it murdered and buried at secret locations nine of the so-called Disappeared.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains was established in 1999 by a treaty between the British and Irish governments.

It lists 16 people as "disappeared". Despite extensive searches, the remains of seven of them have not been found.

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