A TEAM of geophysicists yesterday carried out preliminary studies at the site where gardai have been searching for the body of missing schoolboy Philip Cairns.
Heavy rain has hampered the search in a small wooded area on the grounds of Grange Golf Club in Rathfarnham, south Dublin.
The geophysicists, who are using specialist equipment to determine soil movements, have been brought in to help gardai in their comb-out of the area, which has been extended about 50 metres from the spot checked earlier this month.
The search was sparked by renewed contact from the family of a woman who said she remembered seeing freshly-dug earth in that location around the time Philip disappeared 23 years ago.
A more detailed examination is expected to be carried out today and the search is likely to last for another couple of days.
Philip was last seen alive at Ballyroan Road in Rathfarnham as he walking back to Colaiste Eanna secondary school after a lunchbreak at home on October 23, 1986.