Sunday 22 October 2017

Interpol investigating man's remains that have been kept in an Irish morgue for five years

The remains that have been kept at University Hospital Limerick's mortuary for five years
The remains that have been kept at University Hospital Limerick's mortuary for five years

Kathy Armstrong

Interpol are trying to establish the identity of the remains of a man which have been kept in an Irish morgue for five years.

The international policing organisation is looking into the case after the remains have been at the mortuary at the University Hospital Limerick without being identified or claimed.

The Limerick Leader reports that the remains belong to a male non-Irish national but his age and where the body was discovered haven't been disclosed.

The remains of a woman have also been kept in the morgue since last August, but she hasn't been identified yet.

There has also a body of another man kept at the mortuary since February, the remains have been identified but not yet claimed.

DNA samples from all three have been dispatched to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Dublin for analysis.

There are profiles from 17 unidentified bodies in the State DNA database, which was introduced in November 2015.

It was established primarily to help track suspects to crime scenes but also contains DNA samples belonging to the blood relatives of missing people.

Independent.ie has contacted the University Hospital Limerick, An Garda Siochana and the Coroner's office of Limerick for further information.

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