Northern Ireland - The Troubles - Helen McKendry daughter of Jean McConville one of the "disappeared"
Helen McKendry, eldest daughter of Jean McConville who was abducted and murdered by the IRA in 1972. For thirty years until 2003 she searched for her mother's body and has cmpaigned to this day for her killers to be brought to justice. Jean McConville's body was finally discovered in 2003 on Shelling Beach.
Jean was a protestant married to a Catholic. The family had been forced to flee Protestant East Belfast by loyalists in 1969 and had moved to the Divis flats on the Falls Road. On December the 6th, Jean McConville was playing bingo, when she was informed her daughter Helen was in hospital. Two men she had never seen before ushered her to a waiting car. At 2am the police came to the house and took Helen Helen to the Albert Street barracks. There she found her mother badly bruised, hair pulled from her head and her coat and shoes missing. She had been abducted, iterrogated, and had managed to escape from her captors. After returning home and sleeping for the afternoon, Helen went out for less than half an hour to buy fish and chips for the evening meal, to discover that while her mother was taking a bath, 12 men wearing masks had burst into the house and taken Jeran McConville.