A young man whose body was found in a field was robbed and gardai are now trying to establish if the theft took place before or after he died.
Gardai officially confirmed yesterday they were treating the death of 22-year-old Latvian shop employee Deniss Timosejevs as suspicious.
Their inquiries were upgraded after a post-mortem examination on the body disclosed that he had died from blunt force trauma after sustaining internal injuries and a broken arm.
The injuries are consistent with being the victim of a hit-and-run incident but investigators say they are not eliminating other possible options at this stage.
Gardai say he could also have been assaulted and are also not ruling out an earlier line of inquiry that he had died after a fall from a pylon, situated near where the body was found on land at Windmill Road, Balheary, outside Swords, in north county Dublin.
A further examination of the scene where the body was found on Tuesday afternoon will be carried out today to determine if he had died there or whether the body had been dumped in the field after his death.
A work colleague said that Deniss had told her he liked to climb heights and that he had hurt himself in the past while doing so.
His Latvian driving licence, his AIB bank card and his silver Ericsson mobile phone were missing when he was found and gardai believe locating those items will help explain what happened to him.
He was last seen alive on Monday evening when he left his home at Thornleigh Place in the Applewood area, north of Swords, to go for a walk. He lived there with his brother and his brother's girlfriend.
His body was found shortly before 3pm on Tuesday by local farmer Richard Gleeson on his land.
Colleagues at the More4Less shop in the Pavilion shopping centre in Swords spoke yesterday of their distress when they learned that the likeable young man, who had only joined the staff in November, was dead.
Shop manager Trevor McDonald said he was a very likeable man and failing to turn up for work was uncharacteristic.