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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Body of woman killed in caravan fire exhumed

The body of a woman killed in a mobile home fire five years ago was being exhumed today for further forensic tests.

Art student Emer O`Loughlin died in April 2005 after the caravan she was staying in burnt down near Ballybornagh, close to the the Clare-Galway border.

Gardai said experts are to carry out further DNA tests in light of developments in forensic medicine.

The death of the 23-year-old, a student at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and originally from Ennistymon, is being treated as suspicious.

It took some time for her remains to be identified after being discovered in the burnt-out wreckage between Tubber and Kinvara.

Her death is being investigated by gardai in Co Clare and detectives from the Garda Cold Case Unit.

No arrests have been made.

A forensic anthropologist will be examining the young woman`s remains using new scientific practices. The cause of death has not been determined.

Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis along with Dr Lorraine Buckley will carry out the examination and tests at University College Hospital Galway.

Gardai said they believe people have information about Ms O`Loughlin`s death and urged them to come forward.

Superintendent Sean Healy, of Gort Garda Station, and Detective Superintendent Christy Mangan, of the Serious Crime Review Team, are heading up the investigation.

Press Association

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