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Sunday 20 April 2014

Skull found in body parts search

Gardai searched woodland at the Mayne in Clonee, where the skull was found

A human skull has been found close to where dismembered parts of a murdered drug dealer were dumped.

It is suspected the skull discovered by gardai in Clonee, Co Meath, belongs to 37-year-old Christopher Gaffney.

Other body parts were found in the same rural area last month.

Those remains were identified as those of Gaffney, from Blanchardstown, by matching fingerprints on the Garda database.

It is believed the victim was heavily involved with criminality and was well known to gardai, with a string of drug-related offences under his belt.

He was reported missing by his family in October.

Detectives believe the victim suffered a gruesome death before his body was chopped up and dumped.

The latest find was made by gardai late yesterday.

A Garda spokesman said: "Gardai investigating in relation to the discovery of human remains in November have discovered a further body part yesterday evening in Clonee."

The skull has been removed to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown for tests.

A formal identification is not expected until DNA analysis has been completed.

Press Association

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