AFTER months of speculation, thousands of column inches and the forgotten pleas of a fearful family, the excavations to locate Lorca’s remains are yet to find one bone.
The two-month exhumation process in Alfacar, near Granada, came to an end this week with nothing having been found, apart from a “very big rock”.
Federico Garcia Lorca’s family initially opposed the excavations but their wishes were overturned by a local judge who claimed it was in the public’s interest.
The fruitless process weighs heaviest on the shoulders of Irish historian Ian Gibson.
“I feel sick, I have been thinking about this non-stop every day. I am even beginning to fear for my mental health. I devoted 45 years of my life to this study.”
Following 45 years of detailed investigation, Gibson believed he had pin-pointed the final resting place of Andalucia’s most famous playwright.
“I feel sick, I have been thinking about this non-stop every day. I am even beginning to fear for my mental health. I devoted 45 years of my life to this study,” explained Gibson, who is still trying to remain optimistic.
“They may not have found him yet but I’m still convinced that his remains are there.”
“It may be that search has to be widened a little bit but I have no doubt Lorca will be found in that area.”
However, a new book called Lorca, The Final Walk, by Miguel Pozo, claims that Franco ordered the clearing of the mass grave, just weeks after the original burial.
If that were to be the case, then Lorca’s final resting place would certainly be a mystery.