A post-mortem examination is to be carried out today on the body of a woman found on the outskirts of north Dublin.
The remains were found in a field near Ballymun as hundreds of volunteers were preparing to search for missing pensioner Peggy Mangan.
The 64-year-old grandmother, who suffers from Alzheimers Disease, has not been seen since she left her home on the other side of the city to take her dog for a walk five days ago.
Yesterday, Gardai said they had suspended the search for Mrs Mangan but are awaiting the post-mortem results before formal identification of the body can take place.
It was claimed a dog found standing guard over the woman's body died soon after Gardai removed the remains.
This morning, a large area, close to the Ikea complex at Ballymum Road, remained sealed off as police officers carried out a technical search.
Floral tributes left at the scene have paid tribute to the missing grandmother.
A note pinned to one bouquet said: "Peggy may you be in a warm, safe and happy place. Loved and adored by your family, cared for by so many who never knew you. Deepest sympathies."
Another card read: "Heaven has a new angel, Peggy. you captured the hearts of so many people. May you rest in peace."
Mrs Mangan left her home on Mount Tallant Avenue in Terenure at 11am on Tuesday morning to walk her 10-year-old King Charles spaniel, Casper.
The last confirmed sighting was at the Charlestown Shopping centre in Finglas on Dublin's northside.
Since then hundreds of people have helped Gardai and rescue teams scour fields and marshes in north Dublin.
Yesterday, leaflets were handed out at all major sporting events across Dublin in a bid to jog the memory of anyone who may have seen the pensioner, who had been without medication for illness for several days.
Fianna Fail councillor in Ballymun Paul McAuliffe, who had helped with the search during the week, described the situation as tragic.
He said: "If it turns out to be the case that this body is that of Peggy Mangan, it is a desperately sad ending.
"There are lots of people who have elderly parents in the same position and those involved in the search said they hoped the community would them help out in the same way if they ever found themselves in such a tragic situation.
"This was a human response from a very good community."
Mrs Mangan's family have previously thanked the volunteers for their assistance.