Woman arrested in Jean McConville murder probe released

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A 57-year-old woman arrested by detectives investigating the IRA murder of Jean McConville more than 40 years ago has been released pending a police report being sent to prosecutors.

She had been detained in west Belfast yesterday. The abduction, murder and secret burial of Mrs McConville in 1972 is one of the most notorious incidents of the Troubles. Nobody has ever been charged with her murder.

After decades without significant developments in the criminal investigation, yesterday’s arrest was the fourth made by detectives within a month. In March, 77-year-old Ivor Bell from Ramoan Gardens in Belfast was charged with aiding and abetting the murder.