Gardai release suspect arrested after body of drug addicted dad found in Meath
Published 07/11/2011 | 05:00
GARDAI investigating the murder of Dubliner Ciarán Noonan (29) have released a man arrested in connection with the killing.
A murder hunt was launched when the body of the father-of-one, who had been missing for two weeks, was discovered in a ditch in Meath on Friday night.
The location of the body was identified after information was passed to gardaí via a priest.
He had been missing since October 20, when he was abducted in broad daylight from Russell Avenue in the East Wall area of Dublin.
A garda spokesman said the body had been identified as Mr Noonan.
"A post-mortem examination has concluded and preliminary results have been furnished to investigating gardai," he said.
A man in his twenties who was arrested in north Dublin was released from Store Street Garda Station this morning and a file is being prepared for the DPP.
Mr Noonan was kidnapped over a suspected drugs debt after being assaulted by a gang.
He ran into a nearby garden and tried to hide, but he was dragged out of the garden and beaten with an iron bar before being pushed into the car.
Originally from Blanchardstown, the drug user was bundled into a black VW Golf on Russell Avenue by several men.
The car was later recovered in the car park of an apartment complex in Ashbourne.
Search teams had begun examining farmland in Co Meath and north Dublin during the week and had appealed for farmers, walkers, landowners or other people who came across anything unusual or suspicious to contact them.
After Mr Noonan disappeared, his family publicly talked of their fear that he had been killed.
His mother, Geraldine, made an anguished plea for his life, and urged the kidnappers to let him go.
She said her son got in with the "wrong crowd" and that drugs had taken over his life for the last seven years.
It is understood that Mr Noonan was snatched because he owed money to a drug dealer.
The arrest was the third in the investigation, with two women arrested last week having been released without charge.