A MURDER investigation is underway following the discovery of a man’s body on a beach this morning.
The body of a Lithuanian man in his 40s was found at around 9.30am at Mornington Beach and the area was immediately sealed off.
The man is believed to have been living in Ireland for around four years.
The victim was stabbed several times in the head.
A second location in nearby Drogheda was also sealed off.
“This man had obvious injuries which definitely suggest that he was the victim of a sustained assault,” a senior source told the Herald.
“At this early stage gardai are satisfied that the body was not washed up so it was either dumped there or the victim was attacked at the scene.”
This evening, gardai confirmed that they had identified the victim but would not be releasing his name until his familiy are informed. The man was Eastern European.
Gardai are looking at a number of different angles – including reports of a row at the second scene in Drogheda.
The row occurred last night and detectives are probing whether this had anything to do with the man’s death.
The body was discovered by a member of the public between between Lady’s Finger Tower and Mornington Tower.
The person rang 999 and immediately alerted gardai.
A garda spokesperson said:"The area was immediately sealed off for a forensic technical examination and the office of the State Pathologist was notified.
"The body was removed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital where a post mortem examination was carried out by the State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy. The results of the post mortem examination are not being disclosed at this stage of the investigation."
An incident room has been set up at Laytown Garda Station.
This evening, gardai launched an appeal for anyone who was in the Mornington Beach area from 10pm on Monday night and 9am this morning to contact them.
They are also appealing for people who may have witnessed an altercation, row or unusual incident in Drogheda during the same period of time to contact the incident room on 041 981 3320.
This is the second violent death to happen at Mornington Beach in the space of just over six years.
On March 22, 2007, Drogheda man Roy Coddington (36) was gunned down on Mornington beach.
He was shot three times in broad daylight having apparently agreed to meet his killers on the sand dunes. Witnesses heard the gunshots and saw two men run toward a light blue hatchback.
Roy Coddington had been known to the gardaí as a small time drug dealer but he had left that behind according to his family.
There is nothing to suggest any link between this morning's discovery and that gun murder.