THE discovery of a woman's remains in the Dublin Mountains has raised the hopes of the families of several missing women who vanished without trace over the past 20 years.
The gruesome find has also inevitably sparked speculation the body may be one of the women believed to have been abducted and murdered by a serial killer between 1993 and 1998.
Sex offender Larry Murphy (right) – who was convicted of the abduction, multiple rape and attempted murder of another woman in Carlow in 2000 – is still classified as a suspect in the disappearance of Jo Jo Dullard, Annie McCarrick and Deirdre Jacob.
Last year, the Irish Independent tracked Murphy – dubbed the "Beast of Baltinglass" – to Amsterdam.
At the time, we also revealed that Europol had issued an international alert describing Murphy as a "dangerous person" who should be monitored by police.
When Murphy was caught, he never offered any explanation about his crime and pleaded guilty. Since his arrest no other women have disappeared in such circumstances.