THE devastated family of missing Elaine O'Hara feared the worst from the moment they were contacted by gardai about remains found in the Dublin Mountains.
Her father Francis said that the situation was "very raw and difficult".
He was speaking as the family awaited news on the remains, which were found at Killakee Woods in Rathfarnham. Hours later, the gardai formally identified the remains as those of Elaine O'Hara, using dental records.
Her family were too upset to comment further last night.
But yesterday morning, Mr O'Hara held back tears as he spoke of the family's agonising wait for news. Mr O'Hara said: "I don't know what outcome we as a family even want.
"We have to be prepared for whatever news we get."
Tributes poured in to Facebook last night from family, friends and members of the public moved by the O'Hara's plight. "RIP to our lovely cousin," read a post from Susan O'Hara-Byrne.
Dozens of others told how their thoughts were with the family at such a difficult time.