Geoff Knupfer who has been the lead forensic scientist and investigator for the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains has called for those with information to come forward.
The Commission was established in 1999 following the Good Friday Agreement to locate and recover the remains of those abducted, murdered and secretly buried during the Troubles. Meanwhile, the call will be last by Mr Knupfer who is set to retire tomorrow after being at the helm of the investigation since 2005.
He says that much has been achieved by the Commission since he first came on board 18 years ago. To date, 13 remains of a total of 17 Disappeared have been located and plans are now in place to resume the search at Bragan Bog in Co Monaghan next Monday for the remains of Columba McVeigh.
The former scientist and investigator believes it is possible to locate all the remains - if the public provides the appropriate and correct information to the Commission. "It has been an honour to have been given the opportunity to be so closely involved in this humanitarian venture over the 18 years.
"The successes that we have had are down to the skill and determination of first class investigators together with excellent forensic archaeologists and contractors. Everyone who works on these cases in whatever role is acutely aware of the plight of the families.
"I know that the Commission will continue its humanitarian work and do everything possible to bring a resolution to these outstanding cases," added Mr Knupfer.