Ruddy family “will never give up hope” of finding Seamus

May 12, 2014

The sister of Newry man Seamus Ruddy, who disappeared 29 years ago while working in France, say they will never give up hope of finding his body.

One of the Disappeared, Mr Ruddy was abducted, murdered and secretly buried by the INLA while working as a teacher in Paris.  It’s believed he was buried in a forest at Pont-de-l’Arche outside Rouen in northern France.  Despite three searches, the most recent in 2008, no trace of his body has been found.

Friday last, May 9th, marked the 29th anniversary of his disappearance and in a statement his family have revealed how the thought of another year passing without being able to bring him home is difficult to bear.

Seamus Ruddy’s sister, Anne Morgan, was the last member of the family to see him when she visited Paris in April 1985 just days before he went missing.

Speaking on the anniversary of her brother’s abduction and murder, Mrs Morgan says the family knows the names of two of the men who killed her brother and appealed for those with information to come forward.

“The men who killed our Seamus are still alive. There are two of them still alive. We know that. We know their names.  We want them to come forward and to show the right place where our Seamus is buried,” she said.

“They are getting on with their lives. They’ve got families, they’ve got connections and they’ve got their lives together.  But I do feel it is time that they took us out of this misery that we’re living through now and let us see a bit of brightness and a bit of hope.”

The fact that their brother is buried so far away makes it especially hard for the family, Mrs Morgan said.

“Each year that passes is more difficult than the last but we will not allow that to weaken us.  Seamus’s name is on our mother’s headstone ready for him to join her and someday he will.  We pray that day will come soon.  We take great comfort from the support of other families of the Disappeared who know and understand more than anyone what we are suffering.”

Making an appeal for information to help locate her brother, she added: “The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains can only operate on the basis of information and we appeal to anyone whether in Ireland or France or anywhere else who has that information to search their hearts and talk to the Commission.  All information is treated in the strictest confidence and cannot be used for any other purpose than to find Seamus and bring him home.”

Sandra Peake is the CEO of the WAVE Trauma Centre, which has been instrumental in supporting the families of the Disappeared.  She said: “The families of the Disappeared draw great strength from each other and those who have had their loved ones brought home want nothing more than to see Anne and the others get the news they have waited so long to hear.

“This is a nothing less than a fundamental humanitarian issue and WAVE will continue to support the families through this ordeal.”