THE devastated family of missing Elaine O'Hara fear the worst after being contacted by gardai about remains found in the Dublin mountains.
The Killiney woman vanished without a trace in August 2012 around 17 kilometres from where the skeletal remains were discovered on Friday.
Today her father Francis told the Herald: “I don't know what outcome we as a family even want. We have to be prepared for whatever news we get.”
Holding back tears Mr O'Hara said that the situation was “very raw and difficult” but they “just need to wait and see”.
Elaine (36) was last seen at Shanganagh cemetery in Shankill on August 22 last year.
Her green Fiat Punto was found at the cemetery two days later.
It is believed she visited her mother's grave on the evening of her disappearance and her family have not heard from her since.
Despite a large public appeal no information ever came to light about what might have happened to her.
Now the O'Hara family have been told by gardai that they will know “within days” if the body found by a walker in a wooded area outside Rathfarnham is hers.
“The gardai have contacted us. We will get the answer by the end of the week. We will know whether it's Elaine within days,” Francis O'Hara confirmed at his home today.
“I don't know what we want. I don't think I could say we are hopeful,” he added.
Gardai have ruled out initial reports that the body could belong to one of the women whose disappearances were investigated as part of Operation Trace.
The O'Hara family have not heard from Elaine since she disappeared.