Remains identified as missing woman
Published 17/09/2013 | 17:16
Skeletal remains found in mountains near Dublin have been identified as Elaine O'Hara, who had been missing for over a year.
The discovery was made at a forest on Killakee near Rathfarnham last Friday by a woman who had been out walking with a dog.
Ms O'Hara's relatives were contacted before the identity had been confirmed.
Some clothes, including a pair of runners, were found at the scene and gardai are focusing on finding anyone who may have seen her on the night she disappeared, Wednesday August 22 last year.
Before her identity was confirmed, Ms O'Hara's father Frank said he did not know which outcome he wanted.
Gardai said one of the last recorded sightings of Ms O'Hara was on that day at Ballinclea Heights in Killiney, near where she lived.
She was last seen leaving Belarmine Plaza, Stepaside, at approximately 5.05pm and was also spotted close to the footbridge over a railway line at Shanganagh Park, Shankill, Co Dublin.
Her car, a Green Fiat Punto with 05-D registration, was found at Shanganagh cemetery, Shankill, two days later.
It is thought she was visiting her mother's grave.
Gardai in Blackrock are investigating and have appealed for anyone who may have any information to contact them.
Ms O'Hara, a single woman from Killiney in south Dublin, was missing just over 12 months.
DNA tests and dental record comparisons were carried on the skeletal remains to enable gardai to confirm the identify.
The remains had become overgrown with grasses and shrubs but it is understood the body had not been buried in the forest.
A large number of families with missing relatives were contacted by gardai following the discovery but within a few days it had emerged that the remains had been in the ground for up to two years.