Wednesday 13 December 2017

British police explain delay in identifying Thomas Kennedy (81) as gardai confirm death ‘not suspicious’

Thomas Kennedy
Thomas Kennedy
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

BRITISH police have explained why it took them over six months to identify the body of missing Dubliner Thomas Kennedy.

Mr Kennedy went missing from him home in Finglas Co Dublin last July.

His body washed up on the shore in Blackpool – some 220km away – a month later.

However it was only last week that police positively identified the body as Mr Kennedy’s.

Police said that Mr Kennedy’s identity had to be established through DNA tests, according to The Star.

British police did not have access to Irish DNA records, so initially were checking for a match in the UK database.

When DNA testing failed to return a result, police began tests on his clothes – which led them to Ireland.

An artist’s impression was sent to gardai here, who then believed that it could be a match for Mr Kennedy.

DNA was then taken by gardai from members of Mr Kennedy's family and sent to the UK for testing – when a positive match was found.

Meanwhile gardai have confirmed that there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

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