Thursday 8 December 2016

Probe as skull found in quarry

Anita Guidera

Published 29/04/2010 | 05:00

Gardai at the quarry at Carrick, west Donegal, from where the sand was taken to Ballintra, south Donega
Gardai at the quarry at Carrick, west Donegal, from where the sand was taken to Ballintra, south Donega

GARDAI were yesterday continuing to search a quarry in a remote coastal area following the discovery of a human skull.

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A lorry driver discovered the skull, with teeth intact, and several bones as he delivered sand to GAA football grounds in Co Donegal at 7.40am yesterday.

The scene at the Naomh Brid GAA Club in the townland of Trummon, south of Donegal town, was preserved for technical examination throughout yesterday as gardai continued to search for more bones.

A quarry at Carrick, Gweedore, 88km away, where the sand had originated, was also sealed off as an extensive search got under way.

The delivery in which the find was made was among several loads from the coastal quarry and were being delivered to the GAA club where a new pitch was being laid.

Gardai said that on initial observation the skull appeared to be that of an adult. An examination by a forensic pathologist on the remains will be undertaken at which point the bones may then be passed on to a forensic anthropologist.

Ballyshannon-based Superintendent Jim Coen is heading up the garda investigation.

He said the initial focus was on searching for any further remains that may be at either site.

"We are carrying out investigations at the Naomh Brid Club and at the quarry to establish whether there are any more skeletal remains.

"It's not possible to say what age the remains are," he added.

"The investigations will include efforts to establish how long the remains were in the sand."

Irish Independent

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