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Body of dog belonging to man murdered in Dublin Mountains found five weeks on

Ian Begley

Published 05/11/2016 | 12:34

Fia Credit: Facebook
Fia Credit: Facebook

The body of a dog belonging to murdered man Michael McCoy has been found after an extensive search.

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Boxer dog Fia went missing on the morning of September 29 when her owner left his home to go walking with his two dogs on Ballinascorney hill, near Tallaght but never returned.

The following day the body of the father of three was discovered in a forest close to this location, with post-mortem results suggesting that he died from injuries sustained during an assault.

A huge search ensued across the area in an attempt to locate Fia, however despite efforts the dog could not be found.

The family of Mr McCoy broke the news of the recent discovery on their “Find Fia” Facebook page.

In a brief post, they said: “We are devastated to tell you that Fia's body was found this morning.

“Thank you all so much for volunteering, searching and sharing over the last few weeks. Rest in peace sweet girl.”

Hundreds of people and groups have since taken to social media to pay their respects, including the DSPCA.

“We are so devastated to hear this news, thinking of the family.....it's been an incredibly tough few weeks for them. RIP Fia,” said the DSPCA.

Although Fia could not be found on the day of the discovery, the other dog, Sophie, stayed with Mr McCoy's body until the mountain rescue team arrived.

A man was arrested and questioned at Tallaght Garda Station in connection to this incident, but was released pending a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Gardai are currently asking anybody with information on Mr McCoy’s death, or those in the Ballinascorney area between 6.30am on September 29 and 4am on September 30, to contact them – 01- 666600 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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