GARDAI are today investigating the tragic death of a woman whose body was found in a burned-out car.
The discovery was made last night, less than 3km from the scene of the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.
The death is not being treated as suspicious and it is believed that two deaths are not connected.
The woman’s body was discovered when emergency services put out a fire in an area known as Giles Quay outside Dundalk, Co Louth.
Witnesses raised the alarm shortly after 7pm yesterday evening when they saw the car burst into flames.
A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of the charred remains of the woman.
It is believed that the woman lived locally and may have had a history of mental illness.
The car was this morning still in the place where it was found, but covered by a blue garda forensic tent.
It was positioned on the edge of a headland overlooked by a caravan park and near a public toilet building.
It’s believed the car is a small model similar in size to a Fiat Punto or Nissan Micra, but the exact model or make was not known.
The body remained at the scene overnight pending a forensic examination by members of the Garda Technical Bureau.
Locals had noticed the parked car shortly after 7pm.
They told gardai that the windows appeared to be “steamed up”. Then, as a passerby approached, the vehicle burst into flames.
Gardai also called in the State Pathologist and also summoned officers from the technical bureau at the Phoenix Park in Dublin.
Officers said they had not been able to determine the registration plate on the car because of the fire damage.
Anne Ferguson, who runs a local caravan park, said she heard the fire brigade rushing to scene in a car park behind the pier shortly after 7pm.
“I knew a car had been burnt-out down there,” she said.
“Naturally I was shocked when I heard there was a body in it.”
Last March the bodies of two Dublin criminals were found in a burned-out stolen car in Ravensdale Forest Park, near Dundalk.
DNA tests were used to confirm the identities of Joseph Redmond (25) and Anthony Burnett (32), who were both from the Ballybough area in Dublin's north inner city.
Local councillor Jim Ryan said that he was “flabbergasted” to hear that a body had been found in the car.