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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Woman whose remains were found in Wicklow mountains reported missing on June 2

Garda and Defence Forces personnel at the Wicklow Gap in the Wicklow Mountains
Garda and Defence Forces personnel at the Wicklow Gap in the Wicklow Mountains

A woman whose dismembered body was found dispersed across the Wicklow mountains had been reported missing almost two weeks ago.

Patricia O'Connor, in her 50s and from Rathfarnham in Dublin, was murdered and her body dumped in several locations.

Gardai received a missing persons report on her on June 2.

Eight days later part of her torso was discovered by hillwalkers near Glencree Peace and Reconciliation Centre.

Limbs and parts of the torso were found in other locations along a 20km-30km stretch of the Old Military Road.

Two other pieces of remains were found at the waterfall and another piece at Lough Brea Lower on Military Road, south of Glencree.

The head and hands were found in a plastic bag.

A man in his 30s arrested in Wexford in connection with the discoveries remains in Garda custody.

The gruesome discoveries, by passers-by and subsequently by gardai supported by soldiers from the Defence Forces, were initially believed to be the remains of a young man.

It was only after the limbs and the head and hands were found that gardai confirmed they were from a woman.

Gardai also initially worked on the belief that some of the body parts may have been thrown from a moving vehicle as it travelled along the route of the Old Military Road in the last week to 10 days.

Ms O'Connor's family were being notified of the developments.

Gardai appealed for anyone who was driving or cycling on the road in the last fortnight and who had a dash-cam or GoPro camera fitted to come forward.

Gardai also urged anyone who may have driven the route or who works along the route to contact them so their vehicles can be eliminated from CCTV footage.

Press Association

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