A verdict of unlawful killing by a person or persons unknown has been returned at the inquest at Dublin Coroner's Court into the death of a teacher murdered and secretly buried by republican paramilitaries more than 30 years ago.

The remains of Seamus Ruddy, a "Disappeared" victim of the Troubles, were discovered at Pont-de-l'Arche, near Rouen in northern France in May 2017. 

The 32-year-old, from Newry, Co Down, was abducted in Paris in 1985 by the republican paramilitary splinter group the INLA.

He was murdered and secretly buried.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains recovered Mr Ruddy's remains.

The ICLVR was set up during the peace process by the Irish and British governments to find the bodies of those secretly buried in the 1970s and 1980s.

Speaking after the inquest today, Seamus Ruddy's sister Anne Morgan urged anyone with information to approach authorities.

"There are three other families still waiting for the people who have information about their loved ones. We want them to help bring those three people home.

"We pray they get the same that we have got. We've got him home, we've been able to bury him and now we've had an inquest. We want to thank everyone for helping us," Ms Morgan said.


The Disappeared

16 people have been acknowledged as "Disappeared" victims of the Troubles.

All were abducted, murdered and buried secretly by republican paramilitaries during the conflict.

Eugene Simons, from Castlewellan, Co Down, disappeared in 1981. His body was recovered in May 1984 (prior to establishment of commission) in a bog in Dundalk, Co Louth.

Eamon Molloy, from north Belfast, disappeared in 1975. His body was recovered in May 1999 in a coffin left at the Old Faughart Cemetery outside Dundalk, Co Louth.

John McClory, from west Belfast, disappeared in 1978. His body was recovered in June 1999 in bogland at Colgagh, Inniskeen, Co Monaghan.

Brian McKinney, from west Belfast, disappeared in 1978. His body was recovered in June 1999 in the same grave as Mr McClory at Inniskeen.

Jean McConville, a widowed mother of 10 from west Belfast, disappeared in 1972. Her body was found in August 2003 at Shelling Beach, Co Louth, by a member of the public walking in the aftermath of a storm that had exposed her remains.

Danny McIlhone, from west Belfast, disappeared in 1981. His body was recovered in November 2008 in bogland at Blessingtown, Co Wicklow.

Charlie Armstrong, from south Armagh, disappeared in 1981. His body was recovered in July 2010 in bogland at Colgagh, Iniskeen, Co Monaghan.

Gerry Evans, from south Armagh, disappeared in 1979. His body was recovered in October 2010 at Carrickrobin, Co Louth.

Peter Wilson disappeared in 1973. His body was recovered in November 2010 buried at a beach at Waterfoot, Co Antrim.

Brendan Megraw, from west Belfast, disappeared in 1978. His body was recovered in October 2014 in bogland at Oristown, Co Navan.

Kevin McKee, from west Belfast, disappeared in 1972. His body was recovered in June 2015 from reclaimed bogland at a farm near Coghalstown, Co Meath.

Seamus Wright, from west Belfast, disappeared in 1972. His body was recovered in June 2015 in the same grave as Mr McKee at Coghalstown, Co Meath. 

Seamus Ruddy, a teacher from Newry, Co Down, was abducted from Paris, murdered and secretly buried by republican paramilitary group the INLA in 1985. His remains were discovered in a forest at Pont-de-l'Arche near Rouen in northern France.

Those yet to be found:

Joe Lynskey, from west Belfast, disappeared in 1972. Searches have been carried out in the same area where Mr McKee and Mr Wright were found.

Columba McVeigh, from Donaghmore, Co Tyrone, disappeared in 1975. Searches have been conducted at Emyvale Forest, Co Monaghan.

British Army Captain Robert Nairac disappeared in 1977 from a south Armagh pub.