The family of a teenager missing for nearly 40 years has secured some closure over the tragedy after his body was found, it was said today.
Gerard Slattery was only 16 when he disappeared in Omagh, Tyrone, in November, 1973.
Now DNA testing has shown that an unidentified body buried in a grave 20 miles away in Strabane is that of the missing youth.
It is understood the family asked police to examine the body, which was that of a person found drowned in the Foyle river in February 1974.
Omagh councillor Paddy McGowan said relatives spent decades trying to find out what had happened to their loved one, before the breakthrough.
Mr McGowan said: “A least now it is a closure, by whatever means, for the family.
“The exact details of what happened might remain a mystery, but it is certainly closure now after a long wait.”
He said Gerard’s late mother died without knowing what had happened to her son.
“You hear it said of other people, but certainly his mother died of a broken heart,” said Mr McGowan.