Family searching for son find body parts
Published 22/04/2011 | 05:00
THE family of an Irishman missing in the Netherlands for over a week have found body parts as they searched a canal yesterday.
After informing the Dutch police, divers then retrieved the parts from the waters in Amsterdam.
The body parts were located close to a point where shredded clothing belonging to Paul Nolan Miralles (36), originally from Clonsilla, Dublin, was located earlier this week.
Mr Nolan Miralles, who worked in Amsterdam's Hard Rock Cafe, was last seen by a friend around 4am on April 13, as he prepared to cycle to his home around 15 minutes away.
A Dutch police spokeswoman yesterday said they were still awaiting DNA analysis on another body part, described as a shoulder, taken from the canal earlier this week.
A shredded jacket, t-shirt and bag retrieved by police from close by have been formally identified by the family.
It is believed his body may have been struck and dismembered by a tourist boat on the busy canal.
The police confirmed that the family had located new body parts while searching from a boat yesterday morning.
Mr Nolan Miralles' Spanish-born mother, Rosario, who lives in Dublin, his German girlfriend Elsa Wirrig, his brother Jaime and sister Anne Ravanona have all taken part in searches.
The family organised a major publicity blitz to circulate hundreds of leaflets in the city and also set up a website to appeal to the public for help in tracing him.
Dutch police are still keeping an open mind on whether Mr Nolan Miralles may have accidentally fallen into the water or ended up in the canal after a possible attack.