Omagh teenager Gerard Slattery to be laid to rest

The brother of an Omagh teenager who disappeared nearly 40 years ago said there will be a mixture of "sadness and joy" when he is finally laid to rest.

Gerard Slattery, 16, went missing in November 1973 when he was on his way home from Mass.

DNA tests carried out on remains exhumed from a workhouse grave were confirmed as those of the teenager.

Gerrard Slattery's brother, Paul, said "I was never going to give up. I would never give up."

"There is a sense of sadness and joy too at the same time. It's hard to explain, but I'm just very happy he's coming home," he said.

"I said to my father I would find him and get him home. That was before Dad even died and that is what I done."

Gerard will be buried alongside his parents at Greenhill cemetery on 14 June.

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