Probe after human remains found in mountains
Published 01/02/2010 | 05:00
GARDAI last night launched an investigation following the discovery of human remains at an isolated spot in the Dublin Mountains.
The discovery was made by a member of the public who was out walking yesterday afternoon.
It is not yet known how long the remains were at the scene, which is an area known as 'Viewing Point' on the Military Road, running from Rathfarnham to the Wicklow Mountains.
It was also not initially apparent if the body was male or female.
The office of the State Pathologist was notified last night and a post mortem on the remains is due to take place this morning. Once this is completed, garda investigators will have a better understanding of how long the body has lain there and be able to work on identifying it.
The location of the discovery was described as being "out of the way" and a distance from the road.
The area was sealed off to allow for an intensive technical examination. This was temporarily called off as darkness fell last night.
Gardai in Rathfarnham are leading the inquiry and said they were "investigating all the circumstances" of the find.
The area of the Dublin Mountains has been the scene of several gruesome murders in the past, including that of Patricia O'Toole, a south Dublin woman who was brutally beaten and bludgeoned to death in 1991.
Another woman, Patricia Furlong (21), from Dundrum, was abducted, raped and strangled in the mountains in 1982.
Five years later, the body of Antoinette Smith was found by ramblers partially exposed in a shallow grave. She had been missing for nine months and a forensic exam showed she had been raped and strangled.
The area was also the focus of a search following the disappearance of American student, Annie McCarrick in 1993 and that of missing schoolboy Philip Cairns in the 1980s.
Ms McCarrick left her flat in Sandymount for a trip to Glencullen and was last seen drinking with a man in Johnnie Fox's pub in the Dublin Mountains.