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Saturday 20 July 2019

Body discovered in Spain in search for Irish man (38) missing since September

Carl Carr (inset)
Carl Carr (inset)

Gerard Couzens

A BODY believed to be that of a missing Irish man has been found buried by a Costa Blanca motorway.

Carl Carr was reported missing to police in September last year.

Respected local paper Informacion is reporting that at least three people - British and Irish nationals - have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation following the grim discovery.

Carl Carr’s British girlfriend’s Danielle Coupe appealed for information on his whereabouts in a social media appeal shortly after his disappearance on September 16 last year, saying: “We are just praying for good news.”

Revealing he was last seen at a dance event called Ambiguous in the Costa Blanca resort of Cabo Roig near Torrevieja, she begged friends: “Has anybody seen Carl? He’s been missing since Saturday.

“Me, his family and friends are going out of our minds with worry.

“Anyone who was at Ambiguous can you message with the last time you saw him please.”

The expat hairdresser admitted today she was aware arrests had taken place but added: “I can’t say anything, I’m not allowed.”

The local Civil Guard force probing the disappearance of 38-year-old Carr, jailed for eight years in December 2008 after he was caught with €1.43m of heroin and cocaine in Dublin, has so far made no official comment.

Local paper Informacion says the police investigation is a murder probe and the detainees have been accused of different crimes including homicide, illegal weapons possession, extortion, drugs trafficking and concealment depending on the level of their suspected involvement.

The body was found buried by the AP-7 motorway between Benijofar and Algorfa, a 20-minute drive north from where the missing Irishman was last seen.

Investigators are said to be trying to formally identify the man’s identity through DNA tests.

The detainees have reportedly been handed over to a judge in Torrevieja for further questioning after being held for “several days” in police cells.

A secrecy order preventing officials from making any official comment - and designed to protect the ongoing criminal investigation in its early stages - is understood to have been placed over the case.

The same police force which has been leading the investigation into Carl Carr’s disappearance was involved in a hunt for a pair of notorious Dublin criminals whose bodies were found buried below a warehouse on an industrial estate in Catral a 30-minute drive north from where he was last seen.

The leader of the infamous Westies crime gang Shane Coates, and his close friend Stephen Sugg, were kidnapped near the Costa Blanca city of Alicante in January 2004 after leaving their expat apartments and telling their girlfriends they would be back within half an hour.

Their bodies were found in 2006 buried 30ft below a warehouse on Catral’s San Juan industrial estate.

Sugg fled Ireland in mid-2003 after he was shot at by other drug dealers.

Coates joined him at the end of the year after he was involved in a shoot-out with undercover gardai in Virginia, Co Cavan.

Gardai believe the pair were executed because they were trying to muscle in on another dealer's patch in Spain.

The killer is thought to have tied up both men and then clinically shot each of them in the mouth the day they disappeared before burying their bodies.

An Irishman who had been renting the warehouse was later arrested but released without charge and told he would not face trial after being held behind bars for more than nine months.

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