Sunday 25 September 2016

Gardaí issue e-fit in bid to identify man found dead in isolated wood

Published 25/08/2015 | 02:30

Facial reconstruction image of an unidentified man whose body was found in Rusheen Woods, Galway, on 27/09/2014. Gardai are appealing for information to identify the man
Facial reconstruction image of an unidentified man whose body was found in Rusheen Woods, Galway, on 27/09/2014. Gardai are appealing for information to identify the man

The identity of a man who was found dead in a Galway wood remains a mystery after an extensive garda investigation failed to find any answers.

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Detectives have issued a fresh appeal for assistance in identifying the man who was found dead in Rusheen Woods, near Barna, on September 27 last year.

While the death is not being treated as suspicious, gardaí have been unable to ascertain the man's identity.

Officers contacted Dundee University where a facial reconstruction image was created. The man is described as being between 30 and 40 years of age. He had a broad strong build and was approximately six foot tall with black hair.

He was wearing a gold bracelet watch, Caravelle by Bulova and had a single silver key in his pocket along with a small amount of euro and sterling.

He was wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and white and blue 'Athletech' runners and had a black belt with metal flower design studs across its length with a silver colour buckle. The remains were discovered by a man walking his dog.

Det Sgt Paudie O'Shea said despite an extensive appeal for information they still knew very little about the deceased.

"This man had no identification and had nothing on him apart from a small amount of currency and a key. We carried out appeals in the local media and local churches but nobody came forward.

"We believe he had to have been around the area for a while because where he was found is an isolated spot that is hard to get to," he added.

Gardaí believe that the remains may have lain in the woods for between six to eight weeks prior to their discovery. However, because of the warm weather at the time the timescale may be shorter.

"If we take it that it was eight weeks that would have been at the end of the Galway races. He may have come to Galway for that, we just don't know.

"But we do believe he had somewhere to stay in the country. He had a single key on him. Locksmiths in Galway told us this is a Yale lock at eye level," added Det Sgt O'Shea.

Fingerprint

Gardaí renewed their appeal to hotels, bed and breakfasts and landlords and to residents in the Salthill, Knocknacarra, Rusheen Bay and Silverstrand areas.

Officers sent a DNA sample and a fingerprint from the deceased to Interpol but no match was found.

"We have done a lot of work on this but unfortunately we have been getting nothing back. We would appeal to anyone who may think they know who this man is to contact us," added Det Sgt O'Shea.

Anyone who can assist in identifying this male is asked to contact Salthill Garda Station on 091-514720, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Irish Independent

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