GARDAI have made substantial progress in their investigation into the murder of the Lithuanian man who was stabbed in the head and his body dumped on a shingle beach.
The victim was officially identified yesterday as 44-year-old Audrius Bukus, who was unemployed and living in a hostel in Drogheda.
Gardai are now satisfied that he was murdered in a drunken row at Marsh Road in Drogheda and that his body was then taken by car to Mornington beach where it was found face down on the beach on Tuesday morning. During inquiries at Marsh Road, officers seized a car, which they believe was used to transport the body. It was taken away for forensic examination.
Gardai think that Mr Bukus became involved in an altercation, which started in a house at Marsh Road and then spilled outside.
A post-mortem examination by State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy confirmed he died as a result of severe wounds to his head.
The killer blow was struck with what was described as a "heavy, sharp instrument".
Gardai are now checking out the movements of a number of men who had been in the area that night, and they have stepped up their inquiries in the town.
When the victim's body was found, he was wearing jeans and runners but had no other clothing.