Tuesday 25 July 2017

Anxious wait for family of missing teen as body found

Brendan Farrelly

GARDAI last night sealed off a field after the badly decomposed body of a man was found in a drain.

While no identification has been made, gardai were examining missing persons files, including that of Blanchardstown teenager Daniel McAnaspie who disappeared, presumed murdered, more than three months ago.

The grim discovery was made in Rathfeigh, Dunleek, Co Meath, at about 3pm yesterday afternoon. The body had been lying in the drain for some time.

A large number of gardai were drafted into the area. The body was found about 300 yards off the N2 heading into Duleek. It was discovered by a farmer beside a large ploughed field.



Identity

It is understood the partly skeletonised body, was that of a man in his late teens or early 20s, and was partially clothed.

Gardai had not officially identified the body late last night. But they will examine missing persons files as they strive to establish its identity.

One file they are likely to closely examine is that of Daniel, who has not been seen since he went missing in the early hours of February 26.

As yet, there is nothing to positively indicate that the body found in the field is that of Daniel. Only last month, his heartbroken family appealed for help to find him as Crimestoppers offered a reward of up to €10,000 for information that could help the garda investigation team.

Up to 60 gardai have been involved in the search to find the 17-year-old.

He was last seen between 3.30am and 4am on Friday, February 26 in the Whitestown area of Blanchardstown. He was with youths aged between 16 and 22.

Gardai investigated reports that he was attacked by a couple of youths and stabbed to death. As yet, they have not found evidence to back up the reports.

The discovery went unnoticed in Dunleek for hours as gardai forensic experts combed the sealed-off site. It was only later last night that the news began to spread.

A post-mortem examination is to be carried out today.

But it is expected that DNA tests will have to be carried out along with dental comparisons to establish the identity of the man.

Irish Independent

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