Billboard appeal for missing Crossmaglen men
May 18, 2010
by Brónagh Murphy
A billboard highlighting the continued plight of two local families in the search for their missing loved ones was erected recently at the edge of The Square in Crossmaglen town centre.
The families of Charles Armstrong and Gerry Evans are renewing their appeal for more information in a bid to locate the missing men and say they hope the poster will move someone to contact the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains (ICLVR) with fresh information that may lead to the recovery of their remains.
Two further placards are located at the goalposts area within the Crossmaglen Rangers football field. It is anticipated that placing them in such prominent positions will maximise their profile, particularly during televised football matches from the park.
Both families have expressed their gratitude to Crossmaglen Rangers GFC for their help and support.
They also acknowledge support from Newry and Mourne District Council and local representatives from the SDLP and Sinn Féin.
Gerry Evans disappeared in March 1979 while thumbing a lift home from Castleblayney.
In November last year, experts working for the Independent Commission for the ICLVR initiated a dig in an area of farmland just across the border at Carrickrobin, two miles from Hackballscross, Co. Louth but it was suspended just weeks later, as inclement weather and wet bogland hindered the process.
The search restarted in March but, as yet, has failed to yield a positive outcome.
Father-of-five Charles Armstrong went missing on his way to Mass in August 1981.
A number of searches undertaken by the Commission and the Armstrong family in a bid to locate his remains have proved unsuccessful.
New information passed to the Commission in July of last year was described as a ‘major breakthrough’ and gave fresh hope to his family.
This information centred on a map depicting an area of bogland in Colgah, Co. Monaghan.
It’s believed preparatory tests are continuing in this area and that a dig will get underway in the coming weeks.
Mr Armstrong’s daughter, Anna McShane, says the family remains hopeful that this search will locate the body of their father.
The posters depict images of the missing men along with details of the ICLVR where information can be passed confidentially.
The Evans and Armstrong families are appealing to anyone who thinks they may have some information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to get in touch with the Commission.