Tuesday 17 October 2017

Philip Cairns search widens to five sites

Gardaí now investigating Dublin and Sligo properties

Students arrive back to Coláiste Éanna on the Ballyroan Road, Rathfarnham, after the mid-term break of October 1986. NPA/Independent collection
Students arrive back to Coláiste Éanna on the Ballyroan Road, Rathfarnham, after the mid-term break of October 1986. NPA/Independent collection
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The search for the body of missing schoolboy Philip Cairns is now concentrating on five separate properties associated with the notorious paedophile Eamon Cooke.

The 13-year-old schoolboy vanished without a trace on October 23, 1986. Cooke (79), who died a fortnight ago, is now the chief suspect in the case.

The properties were all reportedly purchased by Cooke. At least four are in the Tallaght/Rathfarnham area of south county Dublin.

However, the Irish Independent understands that the other property was bought by Cooke in south county Sligo, near the Mayo border.

Gardaí are expected to bring in forensic experts with specialist equipment to examine the land and determine where soil movements have taken place.

Officers are also examining a large file of documents kept by Cooke while he was in Arbour Hill Prison, after he had been found guilty of 42 counts of sexual assault.

Gardaí are also trying to identify the DNA and fingerprints found on Philip's schoolbag.

Irish Independent

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