Thursday 18 January 2018

Gardai search in body parts probe

Gardai at the scene where body parts were found
Gardai at the scene where body parts were found

Searches are continuing today at a Dublin waste recycling plant where human body parts have been discovered.

Gardai are combing through refuse at the Thornton's plant in Ballyfermot in the west of the city in a bid to establish if further remains are on site.

The alert was triggered on Thursday when a leg was found. Another body part believed to be from the same individual has subsequently been discovered.

With the results of post mortem tests still pending, a definitive cause of death has yet to be established but there are clear fears the individual was the victim of foul play.

Other potential scenarios, such as the inappropriate disposal of medical amputations or the possibility someone was unwittingly picked up by a refuse collection vehicle and crushed, have also been considered as efforts to solve the grim mystery intensify.

The identity of the victim is not yet known.

The centre on Killeen Road has been closed down to allow the searches and related forensic exams to continue unhindered.

The discovery in the Republic of Ireland came only hours before a similar incident unfolded in England.

The body of 34-year-old Matthew Symonds was found at a waste depot next to Avonmouth docks near Bristol on Friday morning.

Detectives believe the deceased may have been transported 45 miles in a recycling bin from his home town of Swindon.

Police have said their investigation into that incident is still at an early stage.

Gardai said the post mortem exam had established that the body parts were from a man.

Officers revealed that the second part found on Friday was an upper leg, from the thigh to pelvis. Other items, believed to be flesh and bones, have also been recovered from the site, though no other identifiable limbs have been found.

A Garda spokesman revealed the early findings of the post mortem examination carried out by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

"DNA analysis has determined that the body parts are male, and both come from the same person," he said.

"There is no other information known about the race/nationality, age etc. and a cause of death has yet to be determined. The services of a forensic anthropologist have been requested."

He added: "The focus of the investigation at this time is to establish the identity of this man, and to determine the cause of death."

Press Association

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