Tuesday 25 April 2017

Cadaver dogs help gardaí in search for rapist

The site in Finglas where a torso, believed to be that of James Nolan, was discovered. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
The site in Finglas where a torso, believed to be that of James Nolan, was discovered. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Specialist cadaver dogs were brought in from the UK to help in the search for the remains of convicted rapist James Nolan.

A "mainly intact" torso was discovered about one foot beneath the ground in Tolka Valley Park in Finglas, Dublin, shortly before 2pm on Monday.

The dogs, which are used to detect the scent of human remains, helped gardaí in their search.

Speaking at a media briefing at the site, Superintendent William Carolan of Blanchardstown garda station said they began digging following "updated information".

"We were satisfied that there was enough credence to obviously put substantial resources into the operation and obviously that information has now been verified by the finding of the torso," he said.

He renewed the appeal for anyone with information to come forward. The case of Nolan's suspected murder first came to public prominence when his arm was washed up on Dollymount Strand in 2011. He was reported missing in 2010.

Irish Independent

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