GARDAI have established that a 4x4 used in a kidnapping earlier this week had not been stolen.
It was used by the kidnappers to make their getaway after abducting 31-year-old father-of -three Richard O'Donovan from near his home in Virginia, Co Cavan, on Tuesday afternoon.
Officers appealed last night to anyone who spotted a similar vehicle dumped or abandoned to contact them immediately.
The vehicle has been described as a silver-coloured BMW X5, with an 03 MN registration plate.
Mr O'Donovan was badly beaten up while he was held captive overnight and was admitted to Cavan general hospital. He has not yet given a statement to investigating gardai and has not indicated where he was held or why he was abducted.