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Gardai satisfied murdered postgrad student Adrian Folan was killed near Cliffs of Moher

Tom Brady, Security Editor

Published 08/07/2014 | 15:18

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Garda at the scene on a body find believed to that of Adrian Folan at a quarry just a few hundred meters from the Cliffs of Moher. Picture Noel Gavin/Press 22
The scene where the body of 41-year-old Adrian Folan (inset) was discovered
The scene where the body of 41-year-old Adrian Folan (inset) was discovered
House in An Cheathru Rua (Carraroe) Co. Galway that has been sealed off by Gardai in connection with a missing man, Adrian Folan, who was last seen in Athlone. Photo:Andrew Downes

Gardai are now satisfied that murdered postgraduate student Adrian Folan was killed near the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare.

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Officers believe he was strangled with a cable tie and his body was then taken to a nearby quarry, outside the village of Liscannor, where he was buried under a makeshift mount of rocks in shallow water.

A post mortem examination on the body by State pathologist, Professor Marie Cassidy confirmed that he died from strangulation.

Gardai are also satisfied that the murder was carried out last Friday, hours after he was reported missing to gardai.

The body was found in the quarry yesterday morning after gardai received crucial information on his whereabouts.

Officers are continuing to question a man in his 40s, who was arrested in Carraroe, Co Galway, yesterday morning.

The suspect, who was well known to Mr Folan (41), is being held for questioning under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, at Mill Street station in Galway city.

He can be held there until this evening when a decision must be made on whether he will be set free or face criminal charges.

Mr Folan is from Carraroe in south Connemara.

A computer programmer, he had previously graduated with a first class honours degree in commerce from NUI Galway and was completing a MSc degree in software engineering at Athlone Institute of Technology.

His disappearance was reported on Friday after his family became concerned that he had not turned up at the college.

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