Gardaí hunt for male friend after woman's body found in woodland
Gardaí are attempting to track down a man in relation to the discovery of a woman's badly decomposed body in a Dublin wood.
The remains of Linda Christian were found in undergrowth in the Coolmine area of the capital shortly before 2pm yesterday.
The 29-year-old had been missing for more than three weeks and gardaí had raised serious concerns about her well-being.
Her remains were in a decomposed state and sources have said the death is being treated as "very suspicious".
A number of lines of inquiry are being investigated by officers at Blanchardstown garda station including if the deceased met a violent end.
Gardaí are also attempting to establish the whereabouts of a male friend of Ms Christian, who may have key information in relation to her disappearance.
However, detectives fear this individual has left the country in the last three weeks and are in the process of tracking him down.
"He is a person of interest in this investigation and officers are anxious to question him about anything he may know. But, he has left the jurisdiction at the moment and gardaí are trying to track him down," a source said last night.
The cause of death has not yet been established and a post mortem examination will be carried out today.
Ms Christian was first reported missing earlier this month and gardaí issued a number of fresh appeals in recent days.
When her remains were discovered yesterday, she was wearing the same clothes as when she was last sighted.
Sources last night said that a DNA sample may be required to formally identify the woman.
The scene is located between Clonsilla Road and Snugborough Road and is close to the Blanchardstown shopping centre complex.
The search was carried out by the DMR West Divisional Search Unit after receiving information on the whereabouts of Ms Christian's remains.
It is understood that she was adopted, and gardaí were last night in the process of notifying her adopted family as well as her biological parents of the tragedy.
The wooded area remained sealed off yesterday, and the scene was attended by senior gardaí, including Supt William Carolan who is leading the investigation.
A technical examination of the scene where Ms Christian's body was discovered was also carried out by a Garda Forensic Team.
The State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy also carried out a preliminary examination of the body before it was removed from the scene.
Gardaí first appealed for information in relation to Ms Christian's disappearance on July 3.
She was reported missing on June 24, and when last seen she was wearing a green bomber jacket, blue jeans and carrying a pink gym bag.
Sources said that she was being treated in hospital at the time of her disappearance.
Last Wednesday, July 12, another fresh call for information was issued by gardaí, while a re-appeal was made on Saturday, July 15.