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Body of Widow of West German IRA Victim Found

June 19, 1990

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) _ The body of the wife of a West German industrialist who died in a 1973 IRA kidnapping has washed up on a beach south of the Irish capital, police said Monday.

Authorities said there were no indications of foul play.

The Irish Times said the fully clothed body of Ingeborg Niedermayer was found on a beach at Greystones, 18 miles south of Dublin, on Friday afternoon.

The newspaper said Mrs. Niedermayer, 62, had booked into a hotel at nearby Bray last week after arriving on a visit from West Germany.

A police spokesman confirmed the body was that of Mrs. Niedermayer.

In December 1973, Thomas Niedermayer, then 45, was kidnapped from his home in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Niedermayer was the honorary West German consul in Belfast and head of the Grundig electronic company’s plant in the British province.

Despite repeated pleas from his family, there was no word of his fate until 1980, when his body was found buried in a garbage dump near his home. A member of the Irish Republican Army, John Bradley, confessed to taking part in the kidnapping.

Police accepted Bradley’s testimony that Niedermayer died of a heart attack during a struggle soon after being seized. Bradley is serving a 20-year jail term for manslaughter.

The IRA is fighting to end British rule in Northern Ireland and unite the province with the Catholic Republic of Ireland.

In London, the Daily Telegraph said Mrs. Niedermayer apparently walked into the sea. It didn’t say whether she died from an accident or suicide.

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